After leaving RCB in the IPL, Mike Hesson becomes head coach of a PSL team

Jan 23, 2024

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In a surprising turn of events, former director of cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mike Hesson, has officially joined a new franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Hesson’s move has sparked considerable speculation about the upcoming season and has left many cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the impact of his expertise in the PSL arena.

Hesson, renowned for his strategic prowess and astute leadership, recently bid farewell to the RCB camp, where his contributions were widely recognized for their instrumental role in shaping the team’s performance dynamics. Under his guidance, RCB underwent significant tactical transformations, elevating their gameplay and strategy to new heights during his tenure.

Mike Hesson joins Islamabad United in the PSL

With his entry into the PSL, there is a palpable buzz surrounding the implications of his involvement with the Islamabad United, who have won the title twice – in 2016 and 2018. Fans are now eager to witness how Hesson’s coaching philosophy and nuanced approach will resonate within the dynamics of the United.

Commenting on his decision, Hesson expressed enthusiasm for the challenges and opportunities that the PSL presents. “I am delighted to be a part of Islamabad United. The professional, modern, and dimagh se (mindful) approach associated with the franchise resonates strongly with me,” Hesson said in his official statement.

He added: “I am also impressed with United’s strategy built around the principle of 4 Es – Excellence, Empowerment, Education and Environment. I look forward to working with the talented players and staff to build a successful team and deliver exciting cricket to the fans.”

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The franchise management, equally enthused by Hesson’s arrival, conveyed their optimism about the strategic edge he would bring to the team. “His rich history in coaching and his exceptional work with New Zealand and RCB make him the ideal choice to lead our team. Hesson’s coaching philosophy aligns closely with the values and ambitions of Islamabad United, and we are confident that his expertise will take our team to new heights,” said Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi in his statement.

PSL 2024 dates

The 2024 edition of the PSL is scheduled to be held in February-March next year, following the conclusion of SA20 and ILT20 and preceding the start of the IPL.

Also READ: 7-times World Cup winner Meg Lanning calls time on her stunning international career

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