The Royal Challengers Bangalore have replaced Gary Kirsten with Simon Katich as their head coach for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. Former Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson has been appointed as Director Cricket Operations while the franchise has decided to part ways bowling coach Ashish Nehra.As the Director of Cricket Operations, Hesson will be responsible for the overall RCB cricket operations including defining policy, strategy, programs, scouting, performance management and bringing in best practices throughout all aspects of the RCB's cricketing pathway.He will work closely with the players and the coaching team and will be a part of RCB management team. This is a new position created within the franchise. Mike Hesson brings with him strong cricketing experience of being head coach & mentor to the New Zealand team with a focus on T20 and has earned an international reputation as a leader who achieves results without sacrificing on culture.Speaking on the appointment, RCB Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said: "RCB's purpose is to be the most trusted, respected and best performing T20 Franchise and hence our constant endeavour is to create a culture of excellence and high performance for every member of the team.In fact, Hesson had given Ravi Shastri a run for his money in the race to be appointed India's head coach last week.Speaking to IANS, a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) functionary had said that it was a close call between Shastri and Hesson and New Zealand's track record under the Kiwi from 2012 till 2018 had almost sealed the deal for the former Kings XI Punjab coach.(With inputs from IANS) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.