MUMBAI (Reuters) – Mumbai Indians said on Thursday that former Australia batsman Simon Ketch has been named the head coach of their Cape Town franchise in the new T20 league in South Africa. South African Hashim Amla will also serve as the batting coach at MI Cape Town, one of the six franchises in the SA20 competition. All six teams have been bought by owners of Indian Premier League sides.
“It’s always special to put together a new team, hone skills, and build a team culture,” said Katch, who has coached several IPL teams.
“I look forward to ensuring that MI Cape Town develops into a team that benefits from local talent and has MI core values at its heart.”
Franchise-based T20 leagues have sprung up around the world, especially after the success of the IPL, with the annual competition extended by 10 weeks from mid-March to late May in the next four-year calendar.
Mumbai’s owners, India’s Reliance Industries, also recently bought MI Emirates in the UAE-based International League T20 competition.
Mumbai Indians have recently reshuffled their coaching setup, with former Sri Lankan captain Mahila Jayawardene promoted from head coach to the role of global head of performance.
Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan was also elevated to the position of global head of cricket development from his previous position as director of cricket operations.
Also on Thursday, Rajasthan Royals-owned Paarl Royals named former South African international JP Duminy as their head coach.
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who is the Royals’ director of cricket, said he would use his IPL experience to help replicate the IPL side’s brand of “fun and exciting cricket” in South Africa.