Rajasthan Royals have appointed Australian Rob Cassell as the team’s new fast bowling coach.
Cassell arrives to boost the Royals ahead of the IPL 2020 season.
He joins the IPL for the first time following successful coaching spells with South Australia and Ireland.
Rajasthan’s head coach Andrew McDonald welcomed the news, saying: “We are delighted to have Rob Cassell on board as the new fast bowling coach for the upcoming IPL season. We have a great relationship from our days at Victoria together.
“I have followed his career closely and he is someone who has done the hard yards as a fast bowling coach in his career to date.
“Under his guidance, several fast bowlers have come through the ranks and succeeded at the top level.
“His eye for execution and innovation in the game is something that we’re looking to utilise. His varied experience will hopefully prove to be instrumental for our bowling line-up,”
Rajasthan can be backed at 9.50 (17/2) with 10Cric to win the IPL in 2020. It would be their second title after claiming glory in the league’s first year.
Cassell delighted to get Royals approval
Cassell has previously helped South Australian side West End Redbacks reach successive Sheffield Shield finals.
There he aided the development of Kane Richardson and Joe Mennie. The role with Ireland saw him work with Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin.
“I am really excited at the prospect of working with the Rajasthan Royals during this year’s Indian Premier League,” he added.
“The Royals have a great fast bowling set-up with a good mix of Indian and foreign pacers, all of whom bring a lot of quality and potential.
“I have been following the Royals from afar for quite some time, and I think this is a dynamic, exciting and highly competitive fast bowling line up. I'm therefore really excited to chip in with my ideas and help maximise this team's abilities.”
Meanwhile, previous fast bowing coach Steffan Jones will stay with the franchise but as a development coach in the off-season.
The change means Jones can continue to work with Rajasthan Royals while continuing his role as director of sport at Wellington School.