Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore have decided to retain Indian batting sensation Virat Kohli, West Indian big-hitting batsman Chris Gayle, and South African ODI captain AB de Villiers for the next three seasons of the glamour league.

The Vijay Mallya-owned franchise are yet to taste IPL success, but the retention of three of their superstars points to the fact that they are looking to build a team around these three key players.

The franchise also announced that Daniel Vettori will be their new head coach, while Alan Donald has been named their bowling coach. Venkatesh Prasad was the previous bowling coach while, Ray Jennigns was the head coach of RCB. Vettori, incidentally, has become the first active cricketer to be handed a coaching role.

The Bangalore-based franchise have decided to free some high profile players such as Cheteshwar Pujara and Zaheer Khan, although they would be keen to use their two remaining “right-to-match” cards in the auction in February.

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