Daniel Vettori has been dumped as coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

The former Black Caps captain has been replaced by South African Gary Kirsten.

Vettori has been with the side for last eight years - initially as a player and then, since 2014, as a coach.

In a statement from the franchise, Sanjeev Churiwala, the RCB chairman, said: "During the last IPL season, Gary has proved to be a brilliant mentor to both seasoned and young RCB players and we are confident that he will bring a fresh perspective to the team."


In 11 editions of the IPL, RCB have never been able to win the title despite having some of the best T20 players over the years in Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn, and Mitchell Starc. In 2018, they failed to make it to the playoffs and finished sixth on the points table.

Vettori has been mentioned by new Black Caps coach Gary Stead as an option for expertise in the T20 environment.

-More to come.