Hesson appointed RCB Director of Cricket Operations, Katich to be Head Coach

Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore has appointed former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as the Director of Cricket Operations while former Australia batsman Simon Katich will be the Head Coach of the team.

Mike Hesson was New Zealand's longest serving coach.

Mike Hesson was New Zealand's longest serving coach.   -  Getty Images

Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore has appointed former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as the Director of Cricket Operations while former Australia batsman Simon Katich will be the Head Coach of the team.

In an official release, RCB announced that it has decided to part ways with World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten, as well as bowling coach Ashish Nehra.

"We believe that Mike's extensive experience in building strong teams along with Simon's powerful cricket experience will help us create a winning culture," said Sanjeev Churiwala, Chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The New Zealander's first international assignment was with the Kenyan national team after the 2011 World Cup. He signed for a two-year role but resigned less than a year into his deal citing security reasons. He then took over as the New Zealand head coach from John Wright in 2012. Hesson had a rocky start as New Zealand coach, most notably when he backed Brendon McCullum to replace Ross Taylor as the captain.

Under his coaching, New Zealand reached its first-ever World Cup final in 2015. His contract was extended in 2016 until the end of the 2019 World Cup, but Hesson resigned in June 2018 to spend more time with his family. He was New Zealand's longest serving coach.

Katich, meanwhile, served as the assistant coach of Kolkata Knight Riders but was relieved of his duties in July this year.