Stephen Fleming to coach Pune in IPL
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.