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IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils appoint James Hopes as bowling coach

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New Delhi: After Ricky Ponting appointment as the head coach, countryman James Hopes has been roped in as the bowling coach by IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming edition of the tournament.

While Hopes would take over as the new bowling coach, former Assam and Railways cricketer Subhadeep Ghosh would perform his duties as the fielding coach of the team, as was confirmed by CEO Hemant Dua.

“Once our auction strategy paid off, it was time to also appoint key personnel in the coaching staff. (Head coach) Ricky (Ponting) has had great inputs in both the selection of players and the support staff. We are absolutely delighted to welcome both James (Hopes) and Subhadeep (Ghosh) into the Daredevils family,” said Dua.

He further added, “For James (Hopes) it is a sort of homecoming as he has played for Delhi Daredevils earlier. Now he comes with immense experience both as a cricketer and a coach. He will be a great asset for the squad as we have some excellent young fast bowlers.”

Apart from his 84 ODIs and 12 T20Is for Australia, the former all-rounder also has played for Queensland for almost 15 years. He has also plied his trade for three teams in the IPL-one of them being the Delhi Daredevils in 2011.

He called it a day on his playing career in 2016 after which he became the coach of both Queensland and Big Bash League (BBL) team Brisbane Heat.

Former cricketers Praveen Amre and Sridharan Sriram would remain as assistant coaches. The team would be managed by Sunil Valson and Paul Close would remain the physiotherapist with Rajinikanth Sivagnanam as the fitness coach.

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