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Vikram Solanki leaves Surrey job after being appointed Ahmedabad IPL team’s director of cricket

Vikram Solanki has resigned from his posture as head mentor at Surrey CCC with instant result, ending a nine-year association with the club, right after becoming recruited to sign up for the new IPL franchise – centered in Ahmedabad – as its director of cricket.

“Surrey has been an exceptionally precious section of my daily life for the very last nine a long time, the two as a participant and as a mentor, creating the final decision to depart a tough 1,” Solanki mentioned in a statement issued by Surrey. “I am without end grateful for the level of assist that has always been afforded to me and my loved ones throughout my time in this article. A unique thank you way too to Alec Stewart who has been a mentor and a guideline.

“I will always stay inspired by all the interactions and learnings with players and staff members I have had the fantastic fortune of performing so closely with. There are quite a few respected friendships I will cherish for a life span.

“At last, it has been a privilege to serve this terrific club in the smaller way I have, and it has been an honour to have been the head coach of Surrey for the last two yrs. To all the players, staff and Customers, from the base of my heart, thank you!”

The assist staff members line-up finalised by the Ahmedabad franchise features Ashish Nehra and Gary Kirsten. The trio of Kirsten, Nehra and Solanki had before labored collectively at Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2019 IPL season. The staff has also picked up Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill in advance of the player auction, scheduled for February.

Solanki, who played 51 ODIs and a few T20Is for England amongst 2000 and 2007 with average returns, experienced joined Surrey as a participant forward of the 2013 time. In 2016, he took on a participant-cum-mentor role with the Surrey Next XI. He stayed with the Next XI for the 2017 year entirely in a coaching potential.

He became assistant head mentor, to Michael di Venuto, in the wintertime of 2017, and adhering to di Venuto’s departure at the finish of the 2020 year, Solanki was appointed head coach – creating him the very first British Asian to keep this kind of a placement at any of the initial-class counties.

“Getting around all through a time period of excellent uncertainty at the commence of the Covid-19 pandemic in the British isles, Solanki guided Surrey to the closing of the 2020 Vitality Blast with a squad such as 16 academy graduates,” a Surrey statement stated. “For the duration of his time at the helm, 7 Surrey players have highlighted in England men’s sides.”

Solanki was also named president of the Federation of Worldwide Cricketers’ Associations in March 2016, a situation he holds to this working day.

An announcement on Solanki’s successor as Surrey head coach will be built in thanks program.