Former India skipper Anil Kumble appointed as head coach of Kings XI Punjab


NEW DELHI: Former India skipper Anil Kumble has been appointed as the head coach of Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to a report, Kumble will also be put in charge of all cricket-related affairs of the team for the foreseeable future.

Kumble, who had a brief stint with the Indian men's team as head coach between 2016 and 2017, is currently the only Indian coach in the IPL.

Kings XI will be the third IPL team Kumble will be involved with. He started out as a player, and later captain, with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2008.

Then he was appointed as a mentor by the same team, before joining Mumbai Indians in a similar role in 2013.

In June 2016, he was appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s team by BCCI for a period of one year but resigned due to untenable differences with captain Virat Kohli.

Kumble is the fifth coach to join the Punjab franchise in the last five editions.

Earlier, Sanjay Bangar (2014-2016), Virender Sehwag (2017), Brad Hodge (2018) and Mike Hesson (2019) had served as head coach of the team.

Kings XI had reached the semifinals in 2008 and finished second-best after losing in the final to Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2014 edition.


With inputs from PTI

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