The 11 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is almost only a month away now as the teams are gearing up for the tournament. Even the franchises are busy appointing their respective captains for the upcoming season of the contest.
Recently, Kings XI Punjab appointed Ravichandran Ashwin as the skipper of the team and will work closely with their mentor Virender Sehwag. However, the franchise has also announced their coaching support staff now and are leaving no stone unturned in their preparation ahead of the new IPL season.
The Punjab team owners overhauled their squad completely in the IPL mega-auction held in January. They bagged some big guns like Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch and KL Rahul during the auction.
on Sunday, the former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad was appointed as the bowling coach of KXIP. The franchise has released a statement in which they welcomed the Indian veteran on board. “Venkatesh Prasad, former right-arm medium-fast bowler and ex-chairman of the junior national selection committee (BCCI) comes on board as the team’s bowling coach,” the statement read.
Also, Australia’s Brad Hodge has been signed as the head coach of the team for the next three seasons. “The team we’ve managed to get together is absolutely phenomenal. Each member of our coaching staff brings bundles of experience and insight that will help us reach the perfection we strive for here at Kings XI. It’s a truly exciting prospect,” Hodge was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.
Former Delhi cricketer Mithun Manhas will work as the assistant coach for the upcoming IPL season. Shyamal Vallabhjee and Nishanta Bordoloi will be with the squad as a technical coach and fielding coach respectively. Nishant Thakur has been appointed as the franchise’s strength and conditioning coach.