Former South African cricketer Gary Kirsten and former India pacer Ashish Nehra have been roped in by the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore as their batting and bowling coach, it was announced on Tuesday. Additionally, the duo will also play the role of mentors for the team during the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league. Commenting on the development, the head coach of the franchise Daniel Vettori said: “I am excited to welcome Gary and Ashish to the coaching team for Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

“Both of them bring a wealth of experience in cricket, which the team can learn from immensely. We look forward to an amazing season,” he added. Apart from them, Australia’s Andrew McDonald, who joined the RCB last season, will take care of the bowling talent development and analytics while Trent Woodhill will handle the fielding department and the Batting Talent Development and Analytics.The chairman of the team, Amrit Thomas said: “RCB players stand apart from the rest, for their bold and fearless outlook.

We are confident that the cricketing expertise that Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra bring to the coaching team led by Daniel Vettori, will help the team play bold in the new season. We are very thrilled to have them on-board.”

The first assignment for the team management will be identifying the players who they are going to retain ahead of the 2018 IPL auction. The deadline for retention is January 4 and it is expected that the franchise from Bangalore will retain their skipper Virat Kohli and South African batsman AB de Villiers.