Former Indian Test skipper Anil Kumble has been appointed as the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming season. The 48-year-old will replace New Zealand’s Mike Hesson.
The former Indian coach is KXIP’s fifth coach in five seasons. The development was confirmed by franchise co-owner Mohit Burman, who said the former Indian cricketer has been put in charge of KXIP’s all-related affairs.
This will be Kumble’s third stint with an IPL franchise. He mentored Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after retiring from all forms of cricket. He also mentored the most-successful IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians in 2013.
Kumble is also expected to be in charge of choosing the new captain for the franchise in Ashwin’s absence.
KXIP finished sixth on the points table with six wins from 14 games. KXIP also let go of former skipper Ravichandran Ashwin ahead of the next season. The franchise is yet to win their maiden IPL title.
Recently, the 48-year-old was among one of the members of the inaugural Euro T20 Slam advisory committee. However, the league was canceled due to financial constraints.
KXIP have also brought West Indies great Courtney Walsh on board as talent scout, pretty much like the long-time association former India coach John Wright has with Mumbai Indians.