Former Australian seamer Ryan Harris has joined the Delhi Capitals as a bowling coach ahead of the 2020 Indian Premier League.
Harris has replaced former Delhi bowling coach and fellow Australian James Hopes, who held the post for two IPL seasons.
The 40-year-old Harris previously played for the Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers in the IPL. He has held bowling coach positions with Australia in international cricket, the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and the Kings XI Punjab.
“I am delighted to be back in the IPL. This is a huge opportunity for me to contribute to the franchise's ambitions of lifting the coveted IPL trophy. The Delhi Capitals side has an impressive bowling line up, and I can’t wait to start working with them all,” said Harris.
Nortje in For Woakes
Earlier this month, the Capitals replaced England all-rounder Chris Woakes with South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje.
Nortje was due to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders last season, but withdrew due to injury.
“I am excited to join the Delhi Capitals, a team that was the talk of the tournament last season,” said Nortje.
“With its exciting mix of experienced and young players and a stellar coaching line-up, there is no doubt this is going to be a massive learning experience for me. I am grateful to the Delhi Capitals management for giving me this opportunity.”
The Capitals used to be called the Daredevils. The franchise has never won the IPL. Their head coach is former Austrtalian batsman Ricky Ponting. Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer is their captain.
The Mumbai Indians are the reigning IPL champions. They have won the title four times. Mumbai beat the Chennai Super Kings in the 2019 final. Chennai have three IPL titles. The Kolkata Knight Riders have two.
This year's IPL will be played in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi will be the host cities. The tournament was also hosted by the UAE in 2014.
The IPL 2020 will be played without spectators as a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus. It will start on 19 September and end on 8 November.