Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Flower leaves PBKS, Bayliss moves on from SRH. Trevor Bayliss is also in Cricket Australia's radar
Trevor Bayliss is also in Cricket Australia's radar
Trevor Bayliss and Andy Flower, the coaches of Sunrisers Hyderabad Punjab Kings respectively, have left their positions. Cricbuzz can confirm that both the former England coaches are now linked to the new Lucknow franchise.
“It is correct, Andy has left Punjab Kings. He wanted to explore other opportunities and we respect that,” Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia told Cricbuzz on Tuesday (November 30). Wadia, however, said the Zimbabwean will continue to be the head coach of their Caribbean Premier League team, St Lucia Zouks. Flower was the assistant coach under Anil Kumble. Wadia also confirmed that the former India skipper will continue to be the head of Punjab Kings' coaching staff.
The Sunrishers Hyderabad management has also confirmed that they are looking for a new coach as Bayliss has decided moved on. Bayliss, one of the most successful coaches, having guided England to the Ashes and World Cup victories, was tipped to become the national coach of Australia.
It is learnt that he is still in Cricket Australia's radar but the 58-year old is believed to be in talks with a few other IPL teams. He had previously led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles – in 2012 and 2014 – before accepting an offer from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“He has moved on and we'll announce the new coach soon,” an SRH official said. Bayliss took over the Hyderabad team immediately after the 2019 World Cup. But he had moderate success with the Surnrisers – having finished third once (in 2020). In 2021, the team finished at the bottom.
Bayliss could not be contacted and Flower refused to comment but it has been learnt that both are in talks with the Lucknow franchise. Sources have indicated that apart from Gary Kirsten, a former India coach, the Lucknow team has also got in touch with Daniel Vettori, the former New Zealand skipper who had also briefly coached an IPL side – Royal Challengers Bangalore. One of the four is likely to take over the new team.
With KL Rahul also tipped to head to the Lucknow franchise, there could be a reunion of the Rahul-Flower duo.