IPL 2019: Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab appoint a new support staff

Kings XI Punjab, co-owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, have announced a raft of new faces on their support staff as change continues apace at the franchise.

Former Australia seamer Ryan Harris has been roped as bowling coach ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, in place of Venkatesh Prasad, while ex-New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan has been named as the new fielding coach.

The appointments come off the back of Mike Hesson being signed up as head coach following the departure of Brad Hodge, and Virender Sehwag stepping down as team mentor.

Kings XI Punjab, who stood at the seventh position in the points table in IPL 2018, have also named three other additions to their backroom staff.

Brett Harrop will be the squad’s new physio, Sridharan Sriram takes up the batting coach role and Prasanna Raman joins as high-performance coach.

“Having quality coaches like Harris and McMillan will be a great asset to the team. They have both performed as players on the big stage and have made the transition into quality coaches. They will be excellent additions to the coaching team,” Hesson said.

Craig McMillan, Mike Hesson

Well, Punjab once again made surprising exclusions from their squad for the upcoming IPL season. They released T20 specialist Aaron Finch and also the players like Yuvraj Singh and Axar Patel, who was retained by them for IPL 2018. They also traded all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The players’ auction for IPL 2019 is scheduled to take place in Jaipur on December 18.

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