Less than an hour ago, IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals appointed Rob Cassell as their new fast bowling coach. This is their fourth change in coaching staff in order to revamp the new season. Earlier, Andrew McDonald was appointed as their head coach while New Zealand leg spinner was given the role of spin bowling consultant for the season 2020. Former Australian female cricketer and now a renowned commentator Lisa Sthalekar was also hired as a youth cricket Advisor.
Who is Rob Cassell?
Rob Cassell is a former First class Australian cricketer who also represented Australia at U-19 level in 2002 U-19 World Cup although he never went on to play at the International level. Injuries limited his numbers of playing cricket who was considered as an exciting prospect for Australia given his height (188 cm). He could only play one season of First class cricket before retiring in 2011 and shifting his focus to coaching.
Cassell’s coaching journey began in 2012 when he accepted the offer to become the bowling coach of South Australia which was also known as Redbacks in their local T20 competition Big Bash. In 2017, he left South Australia and became the full time Assistant Head coach and Fast Bowling coach with Ireland international side. Under his stint, Ireland were granted Test status by ICC.
“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 am therefore really excited to chip in with my ideas and help maximize this team’s abilities.
Now Cassell will take over from their former bowling coach Steffan Jones. Showing his happiness and excitement over the appointment, he said “I am really excited at the prospect of working with the Rajasthan Royals during this year’s Indian Premier League. ” He also remembered his days as the bowling coach of Irish national side.
“It’s been a fantastic experience working within Irish cricket over the last three years; it’s certainly a time my family and I will look back on very fondly. It’s been exciting to play a part in Ireland’s journey from Associate to Full Member, and to watch the steady improvement in performance across all formats over that time.
Rajasthan Royals have never played an IPL final after they won the inaugural season of the competition in 2008.