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Simons, new Delhi Daredevils head coach

Press Trust Of India
Dec 22, 2011 at 02:50pm IST

New Delhi: Current India bowling mentor and former South Africa international Eric Simmons was appointed as the head coach of Delhi Daredevils on Thursday for the forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

Apart from Simmons, TA Sekar also makes a return to the Delhi IPL team as its mentor.

Announcing the elevation of Simons as the head coach of the Daredevils team, franchise owners GMR Sports said the move will help the side to regain its lost aura.

Simons takes over as Delhi Daredevils head coach

Current India bowling mentor Eric Simmons was earlier the bowling coach of the Delhi team.

"I am sure that Simons' taking over as head coach and Sekar's return as mentor will help the team overcome the disappointments of last season and become most competitive again," GMR Sports' business chairman Kiran K Grandhi said in a statement.

The Virender Sehwag-led side finished at the bottom of the table in the last edition of the tournament earlier this year, managing to win just four matches out of the stipulated 14 games.

Sehwag, who is currently in Australia to play the four-match Test series against the hosts, said it will be exciting to work with Simons.

"Eric (Simmons) has done a good job as bowling coach and now he can do that as the head coach. He can make a difference as he has been with the team for a couple of years. If someone else had come, he would have to had to start from the scratch. It is good Eric has taken over and I am hoping he will do a good job," Sehwag said.

Simons, meanwhile, said it was an honour for him to be appointed as the head coach of the team.

"It is an honour and a wonderful challenge going into the new season. The IPL is a dynamic and exciting place for any cricketer to be involved in at the moment. To have the trust and confidence shown in me as coach is something I am grateful for," he said.

Sekar, who is back in the Daredevils fold after spending couple of years as the manager of Mumbai Indians, expressed faith in the team and said it will be exciting to work alongside Simons.

"I have always believed that the Daredevils have a pool of talent that can make the opposition wary," he said.

"It will be wonderful working with Eric and his set of coaches, team manager Aashish Kapoor and the exciting bunch of players led by Virender Sehwag," Sekar added.

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