Anil Kumble named head coach of Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab: Report
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have named former India captain Anil Kumble as the head coach for the forthcoming season. Kumble, who resigned from his post as the head coach of the Indian team after the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan, has joined the team on a two-year contract. Jumbo was roped in as coach after Mike Hesson left the franchise to become Royal Challengers Bangalore's Director.
It would be the first instance as the coach of an IPL franchise for Kumble, although the former leg-spinner has played the role of a mentor at RCB after announcing retirement as a player. He has also mentored the Mumbai Indians franchise before taking the India head coach job.
KXIP have been one of those franchise who have not enjoyed much success in the cash-rich league. They are one of the three franchises alongside Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) and Royal Challengers Bangalore to have never won the IPL.
“Kumble is our choice to coach Kings XI. The world knows about his cricketing and coaching abilities. He’s a very calm, cool and collected person. He comes with a lot of experience in the IPL, having worked with two other franchises in the past, and also with the Indian team. We’re pretty sure that under his leadership, Kings XI will do very well,” Kings XI co-owner Ness Wadia had told TOI on Thursday.
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