Indian Premier League Franchise (IPL) Kings XI Punjab on Thursday appointed the former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris as their bowling coach.
The 39-year-old has replaced Venkatesh Prasad who had resigned recently after spending just one season with the team. They also announced that former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan will also be joining the side as the fielding coach.
Mike Hesson, who is the head coach of Kings XI Punjab, shared that having these two players in the coaching staff will be a great asset to the team and we all will look forward to making the team better than before.
“Having quality players like Ryan Harris and Craig McMillan as coaches 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 himself was roped in as the coach on a two-year contract, replacing Australia’s Brad Hodge.
The franchise, which finished at number seven in the previous edition of the cash-rich league, is left with highest salary cap among all the franchises in the IPL after releasing seven players including Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, and Axar Patel. The team also traded Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s Mandeep Singh for the upcoming season of the tournament.
KINGS XI PUNJAB
Retained Players -R. Ashwin, K.L. Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ankeet Rajpoot, Chris Gayle, and David Miller.
Released Players - Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Barinder Sran, Ben Dwarshuis, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, and Manzoor Dar
Traded players -Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh.
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