Delhi Capitals have roped in former India wicketkeeper-batsman Vijay Dahiya as Chief Talent Scout for the upcoming season. As per a report in Times of India, the franchise has parted ways with Pravin Amre, who had a long stint with them.
Dahiya was Kolkata Knight Riders’ assistant coach for long. Working under Trevor Bayliss, Dahiya played a key role in KKR going for Gambhir in IPL 2011 auction. The former Indian opener was bought for Rs. 11.04 Crore. KKR ended their title drought under him and won the trophy in IPL 2012 and 2014.
Dahiya has also coached Delhi state team for long. He now does commentary in international and domestic matches. A veteran of Delhi cricket, Dahiya played 2 Tests and 19 ODIs. After retiring from domestic cricket in 2006/07, he coached Delhi to the final of Ranji Trophy in the next season under Gambhir.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals will miss out on the services of advisor Sourav Ganguly. The former India captain is now BCCI’s President and will not be able to hold more than one role in BCCI. He is also not allowed to do commentary as well.
Ganguly had joined Delhi ahead of IPL 2019. After seven long years. DC made it to the playoffs but lost to Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1.
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Ahead of the IPL auction, Delhi Capitals released nine players who weren’t a regular in the playing XI. They roped in Ajinkya Rahane from Rajasthan Royals and R Ashwin from Kings X Punjab. The franchise also brought in Mayank Markande but traded him to Rajasthan Royals. DC also traded Trent Boult to Mumbai Indians.
In the auction, Delhi will eye an overseas all-rounder and couple of finishers as they do not have any batsman who can up the ante in the late overs.
Delhi Capitals have a purse of 27.85 Crore and have to fill 11 slots. The IPL auction for the next season takes place on December 19.