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IPL 2022: Andy Flower appointed head coach of new Lucknow franchise

IPL 2022: The RPSG Group, who own the Lucknow franchise, announced former Zimbabwe captain and Andy Flower, who recently left the coaching staff of the Punjab Kings, as their head coach for their debut season.

Andy Flower was part of the Punjab Kings coaching staff for two seasons.

Andy Flower was part of the Punjab Kings coaching staff for two seasons. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flower was part of the Punjab Kings coaching staff for two seasons
  • Flower is widely regarded as one of the Zimbabwe’s greatest ever players
  • He was head coach of the England team that won a Test series in India

Andy Flower has been signed by the new Lucknow franchise as their head coach for the upcoming 2022 season of the Indian Premier league (IPL). The former England head coach, who is also a former captain of Zimbabwe and widely rated as the country’s greatest ever player, was part of the Punjab Kings coaching staff in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

“I am incredibly excited to be joining the new Lucknow franchise and I am very grateful for the opportunity. The passion for cricket in India is unrivalled and it is a real privilege to lead an IPL franchise and I am looking forward to working closely with Dr Goenka and the Lucknow team,” said Flower in a statement.

“As a player and a coach, Andy has left an indelible mark in the history of cricket. We respect his professionalism and hope he will work with out vision and add value to our team,” said Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of the RPSG Group which owns the Lucknow franchise.

Flower sent his resignation to the Punjab Kings just a few days after KL Rahul, captain of the team since 2020, chose not to continue with them. Rahul is widely expected to join the Lucknow franchise as well, possibly as their captain.

Flower scored 4794 runs in 63 Test matches at an average of 51.54 for Zimbabwe and 6786 runs in 213 matches at 35.34 in ODIs. He was also head coach of England for nearly a decade, leading them to the 2010 T20 World Cup title and was also head coach when England won a Test series in India in 2012/13.

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