Jonathan Batty replaces Lydia Greenway as Oval Invincibles coach in ladies’s Hundred
Fleming, the long-term head coach of IPL aspect Chennai Tremendous Kings, took half within the competitors’s inaugural draft in October 2019, however opted towards travelling to the UK this summer season. It’s understood that Fleming had meant to convey his household over, however was unclear whether or not he would have the opportunity to take action with the nation nonetheless in lockdown and determined to resign from the job.
“I am actually disenchanted that I will not be coach of the aspect this summer season however in the end household has to return first,” Fleming mentioned. “The present world disaster has made it very troublesome to journey and the additional time wanted for quarantines has made it laborious to get the appropriate work/house steadiness. Andy is a world-class coach with expertise everywhere in the world and I am positive the Trent Rockets males’s workforce can have a unbelievable first season of the Hundred with him behind them.”
Flower, his substitute, has a rising popularity as a franchise coach. He’s presently with Multan Sultans within the PSL after main them to the highest of the group phases in his first season. He has additionally coached Maratha Arabians to an Abu Dhabi T10 title, completed as a runner-up with St Lucia Zouks within the CPL and Delhi Bulls within the Abu Dhabi T10, and labored as Kings XI Punjab’s assistant coach in final yr’s IPL.
Flower was concerned within the Rockets’ recruitment in Monday’s draft, which noticed them signal Timm van der Gugten and Samit Patel to finish their squad. Nevertheless, it’s understood that some squad members have been unaware of the change of coach till Tuesday.
“Stephen might be a tricky act to comply with, however the guys put collectively a extremely robust squad within the unique draft with a mixture of worldwide and native expertise,” Flower mentioned. “Now we have constructed on it on this draft with van der Gugten and Patel becoming a member of.”
Flower’s appointment will reignite the talk over the absence of any British head coaches within the males’s Hundred, which got here in for criticism when jobs have been initially supplied in 2019. All eight head coaches within the males’s competitors are from abroad, although the vast majority of help workers are British.
There has additionally been a change of head coach within the ladies’s competitors, with Lydia Greenway stepping down from her position at Oval Invincibles. She might be changed by Jonathan Batty, the previous Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and Surrey wicketkeeper, who was in interim cost of South East Stars within the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final summer season.
It’s understood that Greenway remains to be prone to be concerned within the competitors as a commentator, having beforehand labored for each Sky Sports activities and the BBC.
Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @mroller98