IPL news January 11, 2016

Stephen Fleming to coach Pune in IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming will be reunited at IPL 2016 after the latter was confirmed as the Pune coach © Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has been named as head coach of the Pune franchise for the next two seasons of the IPL. The appointment was confirmed in a media release by Sanjeev Goenka, head of New Rising group which owns the franchise.

Fleming, who had previously coached Chennai Super Kings, was always a favourite for the job once Pune made MS Dhoni their first pick in the IPL player draft on December 15. In Fleming and Dhoni, Pune have gained the brains trust that helped Super Kings become the most successful team in IPL history, including back-to-back championships in 2010 and 2011.

"He [Fleming] 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," Goenka said in the media statement.

Goenka's New Rising bagged the ownership rights for the Pune franchise in December in the reverse bidding process put in place by the BCCI to select the two new franchises that would replace Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, both of whom were suspended by the Lodha Committee in relation to the 2013 IPL corruption case.

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  • Venkat on January 12, 2016, 0:44 GMT

    After all , none of the players of the banned teams were involved in any wrong doing . So there is no reason why their players and coach cannot represent other franchises . We are likely to find more CSK players will coming into Pune , once the next auction commences .

  • Pradeep Naga on January 11, 2016, 22:40 GMT

    @gurukirpa: after not winning title for few consecutive years, MS felt that CSK didnt had a good enough team especially Indian players (u know,a good team should have 7 Indian international players :P) .... he also felt Rajasthan Royals had built few quality Indian players who are performing well in IPL...... So, BCCI decided to reshuffle these two teams in a way MS make a good team :D :D...cheers :D

  • Bala Gopal on January 11, 2016, 22:08 GMT

    It may seem scripted.. But they banned a team which was productive and had a winning combination right through the ipl. Owners of CSK tried to maintain same set of players and the coaches. The newly formed team Pune is trying to create a legacy in the limited time they have. Moreover CSK was banned due to the owners. Players and the coaches were clean.

  • gowri sankar on January 11, 2016, 21:46 GMT

    please don't tell Pune as Csk refurbished, because it is not. I accept, MSD is part of what makes Csk the CSK. But there can never be another CSK. It is the fans who make them the great team that is along with brilliant cricketers and coaches. Punr will always be Pune with their own kind fans. I guess these 2 Ipl ll not be followed closely by CSK fans as they don't have any home teams. We will wait for 2 years to cheer for a team again.

  • sumit on January 11, 2016, 19:14 GMT

    Is time BCCI should allow indian player to go on play T20 in other country like australia,south africa,west indies etc. If foreign come to our land to entertain our public then Why not our player?

  • Harman on January 11, 2016, 15:41 GMT

    sometimes i feel like if cricket is scripted.. just to entertain people.. especially when they ban a team and the same team and same management comes again with new name.. whats the philosophy of banning.. why

  • Yashas on January 11, 2016, 14:39 GMT

    So basically, It is CSK turning up for a different city and different colors. Oh wait..for all you know, Pune might just go with yellow.

  • babu on January 11, 2016, 11:29 GMT

    the real battle of ipl is fought on auction table.get the coach and captain different variety of quality indian players(7 of them play in 11) and some good quality overseas ..and its done

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