Former Australian cricketer Simon Helmot is likely to replace Sunrisers Hyderabad’s former assistant coach Simon Katich in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). Katich, who was announced SRH’s assistant coach a while back, has given his resignation to the SRH before the tournament could even start.
A report in cricbuzz.com said on Friday that Australian Simon Helmot, who formerly coached Big Bash League (BBL) side Melbourne Renegades, had replaced Katich as SRH’s assistant coach for the upcoming IPL season.
“He (Katich) would have been needed for two-and-half to three months here, including for the pre-IPL camps and he felt it was too long to be inside a controlled bio-bubble. He has also mentioned about family issues and we have agreed to release him,” the report, quoting an SRH spokesperson, said.
The 50-year-old Helmot was part of the SRH coaching staff between 2012 and 2019 and was also associated with Caribbean Premier League (CPL) side Trinbago Knight Riders in 2015.
Katich had taken up the job of SRH assistant coach less than two months back. He has also been associated with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He had quit RCB ahead of the UAE leg ‘due to family issues’.
Katich, along with Australia’s Tom Moody, West Indies great Brian Lara, former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Hemang Badani were present during the two-day IPL mega auction.