New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday, March 04, appointed former Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad as bowling coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). This comes after the former India pacer resigned as the chief of junior national selection panel a few days back. “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,” Kings XI Punjab said in a statement. Also Read - Mithali Raj Defends BCCI's Stand on Women's IPL vs WBBL Clash, Says Foreign Stars' Misjudged Situation
Former Australia player Brad Hodge came in on board as the team’s head coach for the next three seasons. Also Read - ICC Board Meeting: BCCI, Cricket Australia to Discuss Swapping of T20 World Cups
Aggregating more than 7000 runs in this format of the game, Hodge is sure to shake things up for Kings XI Punjab and will lead the team forward under the guidance of team mentor Virender Sehwag. Also Read - IPL 2020: BCCI And Vivo Suspend IPL Title Sponsor Association For This Year
Hodge said, “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.”
Delhi player Mithun Manhas is back with the squad as the assistant coach and joining him are Nishant Thakur, Shyamal Vallabhjee and Nishanta Bordoloi who will serve as the franchise’s strength and conditioning coach, technical coach and fielding coach respectively.
Sehwag said “We are glad to have a foreign coach join the team this year along with Venkatesh. I hope the team benefits hugely from their collective experiences.”
Prasad’s resignation comes less than a month after India lifted their fourth title at the Under-19 World Cup.
Prasad, who has worked as the head of the junior national selection committee for 30 months, of late shared a cold relationship with the BCCI mandarins. (With PTI inputs).