Stephen Fleming to be Pune's coach?

Stephen Fleming to be Pune's coach?

By: || Updated: 17 Dec 2015 09:05 AM
New Delhi: Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, who was the head coach of the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), is likely to be appointed as the head coach of the newly formed franchise Pune.

The announcement in this regard is expected to be made soon.

The move, if it happens, is on the expected lines after the Sanjeev Goenka-backed consortium New Rising, that bought Pune team for Rs 16 crore, picked CSK captain MS Dhoni during the IPL players’ draft on Tuesday. Dhoni and Fleming share a cordial relationship and under them CSK became the most consistent IPL side. They won two IPL titles apart from being runner’s up thrice.

The probability of Pune appointing former Kiwi captain as coach further improved after Sajeev Goenka's brother Harsh Goenka lauded the inclusion of the Fleming and Dhoni in the Pune team in a tweet saying, "#IPLDraft Pune with Dhoni as Captain and Fleming as Coach has built a formidable core team. Winning choices made."






 

The Pune franchise bought five players in Tuesday’s first IPL draft -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Faf du Plessis from CSK, and Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith from Rajasthan Royals.

Stephen Fleming retired from International cricket in 2008 and is the second most capped Test player for New Zealand with 111 Test appearances. Fleming is considered the most sucessful captain for New Zealand having led them to 28 Test victories. He is also the most capped ODI captain with 218 matches.

Fleming signed up with the Chennai Super Kings in 2008 as a player and in 2009 he was made their coach.

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