Stephen Fleming © PTI
Stephen Fleming © PTI

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming was on Monday appointed as the coach of the new team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pune. The IPL 2016 and 2017 will feature two new teams, based in Pune and Rajkot after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were banned for two years as their officials were found out involved in malpractices. The two teams will come back into the tournament after serving the ban, and till then, Pune and Rajkot have been revealed as the two new franchises in the IPL. While the Pune-based franchise will be managed by New Rising Promoters, the Rajkot-based franchise will be managed by Intex Technologies Pvt Ltd.

During the IPL 2016 Players Draft announcement last month in Mumbai, it was revealed that India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni will play for the Pune-based team. Alongside Dhoni were his CSK teammates Ravichandran Ashwin and Faf du Plessis, where as the remaining two out of five were Rajasthan’s Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane.

On the other hand, the five players that went to Rajkot franchise were Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo.

Fleming’s appointment as the Pune coach brings back a chunk of the core CSK leadership in to the new team. Under Dhoni and Fleming, the Chennai Super Kings won the IPL twice in 2010 and 2012, and they also won the Champions League T20 tournament twice.

Sanjiv Goenka, the chairman of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group was quoted as saying by Sportstar Live, “I warmly welcome Stephen Fleming as the Chief Coach. He has been remarkably successful as a player in the international arena and I firmly believe that his technical knowhow, perseverance and organisation skills will work wonders for our team. I have tremendous faith in his leadership ability and believe that it would have a positive impact on our team members.”