With the new season of the VIVO Indian Premier League just around the corner, Kings XI Punjab had announced their support staff team for the 11th edition of the tournament. The backbone of the playing XI, the support staff for this season boasts of a stellar line-up of the best in their field whose inputs are sure to strengthen and complement the squad.
One of the most sought after personalities in the T20 fraternity, Brad Hodge has garnered much praise and admiration, serving as both player and coach and will come on board as the Head Coach for the team for the next three editions of the Indian Premier League. Aggregating more than 7,000 runs in this format of the game, he is sure to shake things up for Kings XI Punjab and will lead the team forward under the guidance of Virender Sehwag, who will serve as the Director- Cricket Operations and Team Mentor for this IPL season. His valuable contributions and suggestions will be of utmost importance during the season and he is sure to help guide the squad forward.
Brad Hodge, Head Coach of Kings XI Punjab 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.”
A seasoned veteran at Kings XI Punjab, having been with us all through last season, Mithun Manhas will be back with the squad as an assistant coach for this edition of the IPL as well. 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.
Former India medium pacer Venkatesh Prasad, who has recently vacated his position as the chairman of the junior national selection committee, has joined the Punjab IPL camp as the team’s Bowling Coach.
Virender Sehwag, Director – Cricketer Operations and Team Mentor said “We are glad to have a foreign coach joining the team this year along with Venkatesh. I hope the team benefits hugely from their collective experiences.”
Commenting on the announcement, Ness Wadia, Co-Owner Kings XI Punjab said, “Having retained the core from the last season, we welcome Brad Hodge and Venkatesh Prasad, whose experience and knowledge of the game is immense and a huge addition to us. We are extremely positive that the support team, combined with the explosive attitude and approach of Viru, the composure and guile of Ashwin and the experience of the other support staff will surely ensure that Kings XI are truly a force to be reckoned with now and henceforth. With the right leadership in place, in the team as well as the support staff, fans will enjoy and should look forward to explosive, entertaining games from Kings XI.”