Sridharan Sriram Leaves Australia Cricket Team to Focus on IPL Coaching Career

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Sridharan Sriram
Sridharan Sriram

Former India all-rounder Sridharan Sriram has decided to leave as Australia’s spin bowling coach to focus on his role with IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Sridharan Sriram Leaves Australia Cricket Team

Sridharan Sriram was a part of Australia A program on an Indian tour before being appointed as spin bowling coach under the then head coach Darren Lehmann in 2016.

“After being on the road for six years it’s with a heavy heart I have decided to move on from my current role as an assistant coach of the Australian men’s team,” Sriram said in an official release.

“I feel this is an opportune moment keeping in mind the team, giving them enough time to prepare for two World Cups and the World Test Championship. READ: How to Watch Commonwealth Games 2022 Live Streaming in India

It has been a great experience for me working across formats, World Cups, and Ashes and I have come out incredibly richer in knowledge. I am extremely grateful to Cricket Australia for all their support in the years that I have been involved with them” he added.

Further, he said: “Greg Chappell, Troy Cooley, Pat Howard, and Marcus Stoinis were also instrumental in getting me involved. I wish the team and the coaches the very best for the future.”

Adam Zampa said: “I love working with Sri, he’s someone I have a lot of respect for and his work ethic and knowledge of the game have been invaluable to my career in recent years.”

Sriram’s departure four weeks out from Australia’s next assignment, one-day series in Far North Queensland against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, follows an overhaul of Australia’s coaching staff that began with the exit of Justin Langer earlier this year.

Andrew McDonald was appointed the full-time head coach in April, with new assistants in legendary New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori and Andre Borovec appointed in April.

While McDonald and Vettori had played and coached together at Royal Challengers Bangalore, Borovec’s appointment as a full-time assistant coach was rare given most coaches who progress to the international level generally have playing experience at least at the domestic first-class level.

The 44-year-old former teacher and ex-first-grade wicketkeeper with Geelong in Victorian Premier Cricket have become a highly-rated mentor with Victoria, the Melbourne Renegades, and, more recently, with Australia on limited-overs series during the past 12 months.