New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming to Coach Pune IPL Team

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming was named chief coach of the new Pune franchise of the IPL on Monday.

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Stephen Fleming (L) and MS Dhoni (R). (Photo Courtesy:

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming was named chief coach of the new Pune franchise of the Indian Premier League on Monday.

With this the former Chennai Super Kings coach will renew his long and most successful partnership with CSK’s former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was picked in the December draft.

I warmly welcome Stephen Fleming as the chief coach.

Sanjiv Goenka, Pune IPL Team

The duo had led CSK to two successive IPL triumphs and as many Champions League T20 trophies to become the most successful in the franchise league.

In the first ever IPL draft, the Pune franchise who had got the first chance to pick a player because of their lowest bid, chose the most successful Indian skipper up front before going on to buy Ravichandran Ashwin, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith.

Pune and Rajkot are the two new teams in place of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals who have been suspended for two years by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha panel for the involvement of some of their team officials and co-owners in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The IPL 2016 is slated to start April 9.

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