Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has invited Dale Steyn to be their bowling coach, and he is looking forward to a new chapter in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise is anticipated to make an announcement next week unless the talks break through at the last minute. Steyn, who has 95 IPL games under his belt, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in August, including franchise events.

With 439 wickets in 93 Tests at an average of 22.95, the South African is regarded as one of the best fast bowlers of all time. He will be working alongside Tom Moody, who will take over as the franchise’s head coach. Steyn has 97 wickets in the IPL, having played 125 ODIs (196 wickets) and 47 T20Is (64 wickets). He has also represented Deccan Chargers, Gujarat Lions, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He did not respond to a message, but a person familiar with the situation confirmed the talks. Hemang Badani, a former Indian and Tamil Nadu all-rounder is also expected to join the coaching staff of the Hyderabad club.

Following head coach Trevor Bayliss and batting coach Brad Haddin left after the 2021 season, the team sought new coaching staff members. VVS Laxman, the franchise’s long-time mentor, has left the franchise to work for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Moody, who served as SRH’s director of cricket the previous season, has been promoted to head coach.

Meanwhile, the Ahmedabad franchise, which was purchased by CVC Sports, is still on hold. Although there is a sense of confidence that a settlement would be reached soon, the BCCI officials have remained deafeningly mum on the issue. It has been learned that a retired Supreme Court judge has been approached, and his advice is anticipated.

One noteworthy recent development is that expert opinion has advised against awarding the franchise to the second-highest bidder if the BCCI decides to rescind the franchise allotment to the American investment firm. According to reports, the BCCI will have to rebid the IPL, which might throw off a lot of the preparations.