Hopes, Ghosh join Daredevils` coaching staff

James Hopes, the former Australian all-rounder, will join Delhi Daredevils` coaching staff as the new bowling coach, the franchise announced on Monday (January 29). Ex-Assam and Railways first-class cricketer, Subhadeep Gosh has been unveiled as the new fielding coach of the side that earlier in the month named Ricky Ponting as their head coach for the upcoming, 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. Hopes played 84 ODIs and 12 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia, apart from representing Queensland for nearly 15 years.

Incidentally, he`s played for the Daredevils in 2011 during his brief, three-year stint in the IPL. Hopes hung up his boots in 2016 and took up coaching duties with both Queensland and Brisbane Heat in Australia`s Big Bash League. Ghosh, meanwhile, represented Assam and Railways in domestic cricket before switching to the coaching arena and specialising in fielding.

He is currently associated with the Andhra Ranji Trophy side, while previously being with Assam for two, one-year stints. "Once our auction strategy paid off, it was time to also appoint key personnel in the coaching staff," Daredevils` CEO Hemant Dua said. "Ricky (Ponting) has had great inputs in both the selection of players and the support staff.

We are absolutely delighted to welcome both James (Hopes) and Subhadeep (Ghosh) into the Daredevils family. "For James (Hopes) it is a sort of homecoming as he has played for Delhi Daredevils earlier. Now he comes with immense experience both as a cricketer and a coach.

He will be a great asset for the squad as we have some excellent young fast bowlers. Subhadeep (Ghosh) has been a specialist fielding coach for close to a decade at various levels in first-class cricket and the NCA. We are certain that he will add a lot of value to the squad," Dua added.

Daredevils` rest of the coaching staff, however, remains the same as former cricketers Pravin Amre and Sridharan Sriram continue to be the franchise`s assistant coaches. Sunil Valson will continue in his role as the team manager, whereas Paul Close has been retained as the physiotherapist and Rajinikanth Sivagnanam as the fitness coach. ShareTweetShare