Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who was earlier the brand ambassador of the Chennai Super Kings, will be the mentor and strategic analyst for the Sunrisers. © AFP

The Sunrisers, the Hyderabad franchise of the IPL which was recently bought by the Sun Group, unveiled their team logo at a function in Hyderabad on Thursday (December 20), following the announcement of the team name on Tuesday. The logo is that of an eagle against the backdrop of a shining sun.

The new team’s backroom staff will be led by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Tom Moody and VVS Laxman. Srikkanth, who was earlier the brand ambassador of the Chennai Super Kings, will be the mentor and strategic analyst for the Sunrisers, while Tom Moody, the former Australian allrounder, will be the coach of the team. VVS Laxman, who recently retired from international cricket and is widely acknowledged as the greatest cricketer in an illustrious line from Hyderabad, will also be a mentor alongwith being the brand ambassador for the team.

Both Srikkanth and Moody were present at the unveiling of the logo, while Laxman couldn’t attend due to the demise of a close family member, as reported by the Hindu, a national daily.

Speaking to reporters, Srikkanth was mindful of the challenges that lie ahead but also confident of performing well in the sixth edition of the IPL. “I have a very good friend of mine, Tom Moody as the coach and the great V.V.S. Laxman as the mentor and brand ambassador,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper. “We will come up with the right kind of strategies as we all know what it takes to be a winning combination.

“I am really confident that this team will fly like an eagle and make a big impact in the next edition of the IPL. The whole idea of the team management is how to win the Cup.”

Srikkanth pointed to the fact that he had been the chairman of the selection committee that picked the Indian team who won the 2011 World Cup, and that Moody had also been a member of World Cup winning teams. With the vast experience of Laxman, as the “son of the soil”, Srikkanth was confident of coming up with the right combination to “stun the best in the competition”.

When asked of his decision to swap teams and move from Chennai to Hyderbad, Srikkanth said: “It all boils down to creating positive energy in the team. And, this I feel is the biggest challenge which made me take up this offer after being associated with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL earlier.”

Tom Moody also expressed enthusiasm at guiding the new franchise. “I am looking forward to the exciting prospect of being associated with this team. The best part is that I have a very good friend in Srikkanth as a mentor and the superstar VVS Laxman to support me,” he said.

K Shanmugam, the the Chief Executive Officer, who was also present at the unveiling, revealed that the Sunrisers would operate from Chennai and Hyderabad and said that they hadn’t yet decided on the number of players to bid for at the auction next month.

The Sunrisers will retain a large core of the players who were part of the Deccan Chargers, the earlier Hyderabad franchise. Kumar Sangakkara, who captained the Deccan Chargers, is expected to lead the Sunrisers too.

List of players retained: Kumar Sangakkara, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, JP Duminy, Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Cameron White, Juan Theron, Chris Lynn, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Akash Bhandari, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Bharat Chipli, D. B. Ravi Teja, Veer Pratap Singh, Biplab Samantray , Akshath Reddy and Ashish Reddy.