Indian Premier League franchisee Kings XI Punjab has lost two key team management officials as bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad follows mentor Virender Sehwag on his way out after just one season with the Red and White outfit.
Venkatesh Prasad has reportedly resigned as the KXIP bowling coach a couple of days after the exit of mentor Virender Sehwag.
Sehwag and Prasad have both joined KXIP ahead of the IPL Season 11. Amidst Punjab team’s failure to reach the knock out stage, there had been reports of differences between the team co-owner Priety Zinta and Sehwag, sparking speculation about the former India and Delhi batsman’s stay with the team.
After Sehwag’s expected exit was confirmed from the Kings XI Punjab camp, Venkatesh Prasad is also reported to have quit from his position as the bowling coach of the Punjab IPL franchisee.
Meanwhile, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has replaced Brad Hodge as Kings XI Punjab head coach. Hesson thus becomes the third Kiwi to get the position of a Head Coach with the IPL teams, followed by former New Zealand captains Daniel Vettori and Stephen Fleming.
Prasad will reportedly be replaced by former Tamil Nadu and India spinner Sridharan Sriram, presently the spin bowling coach of Australia. More changes in the Kings XI Punjab team management are not ruled out.
There has been a prevailing disappointment in the camp as the team, led by R Ashwin, had failed to sustain an excellent start to qualify for the knockout stage.