MO Bobat, England men’s performance director, will leave his role to become Royal Challengers Bangalore’s new director of cricket operations.

Bobat joined the ECB in 2011 and has spent the last four years in his current position.

He will depart the governing body next February ahead of the next IPL season, joining forces with former England head coach Andy Flower, now men’s head coach of the franchise side.

Bobat will be responsible for player recruitment and has previously worked for RCB as a consultant.

Upon the announcement of the news, ECB men’s director of cricket Rob Key said: “This is a bittersweet moment for me personally because while I am delighted that Mo has been given an unbelievable opportunity, it marks the end of probably the most enjoyable partnership of any career I have had.

“When I first arrived at the ECB 18 months ago Mo was the guiding hand that allowed me to get my feet under the table and to get on with my role. I have absolutely no doubt I would have drowned without his support and expertise.”

RCB’s chairman Prathmesh Mishra said: “Bobat has already proved what he can do in a similar role with England, and I believe, with the expertise and years of experience, he will guide RCB to newer horizons and excellence.”

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