Kirsten replaces Vettori as RCB chief coach

Former Indian coach Gary Kirsten replaced Daniel Vettori as the coach of IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which failed to make it to the playoffs for the last two years.

Kirsten, who had led India to World Cup win in 2011, was roped in as mentor and batting coach of RCB for the 11th edition of IPL this year.

Vettori, on the other hand, has been associated with the team as a player and coach for the last eight years.

"It has been a great eight-year journey with Daniel Vettori and we wish him the very best for all future endeavours. We are very happy to have Gary Kirsten take on the mantle of coach and mentor for RCB," Team Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said.

Vettori, who was handed a contract by RCB in the fourth season, said: "I am extremely grateful for the eight years I have spent with RCB, as a player and a coach and I wish the franchise all the best moving forward."

The club didn't specify why their association ended with Vettori, who served as head coach from 2014 to 2018.