In what looks like a setback for Team Delhi, coach Greg Shipperd, who trained Virender Sehwag and his men and helped them to secure a place in the semi-finals in the past two seasons of the Indian Premier League, will not be sitting in Delhi’s dugout in the inaugural Champions League.
Shipperd’s contract with Victoria was extended last month for two seasons and Victoria is one of the 12 teams in the Champions League fray. Now, Shipperd’s assistant, David Saker, who is also from Victoria, will coach Delhi in the T20 event.
Sources said that this development has not really rung alarm bells in Team Delhi camp. They are not worried that Shipperd could leak inputs on Delhi team to rival Victoria.
“Delhi had no option but to allow Shipperd to coach Victoria. If Shipperd shares his experiences about Delhi cricketers with the Victorian team during the Champions League, Saker will help us with his useful inputs about the Victorian side,” a team management source said on Thursday.
Saker is a former first class cricketer who played for Victoria Bushrangers and Tasmanian Tigers. He made his first class debut in 19194-95 and was also known in the Australia cricket circuit for his hard-hitting skills. He retired in 2003 and the following year became an assistant coach at Victoria under Greg Shipperd.
Shipperd, formerly coach of Tasmania, has coached Victoria to three domestic Twenty20 titles, several other limited-overs triumphs and last season’s Sheffield Shield too. The good news is that Shipperd will stay as Delhi coach in the next IPL season.