Kings XI Punjab set sight on Michael Hussey for head coach's role ahead of IPL 2020: Report
Kings XI Punjab's hunt for maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) title continues as they gear up for another busy pre-tournament period where the franchise would be expected to make some significant movements in the auction. KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is reportedly on his way to the Delhi Capitals (DC). It has now also been learnt that the Punjab franchise is looking at former Australian batsman Mike Hussey as the new head coach of the team.
As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Hussey, who is presently associated with the Chennai Super Kings as their batting coach, isn't the only prominent name that the Kings XI are eyeing for the job and have also shortlisted Andy Flower, Darren Lehman and George Bailey.
Bailey, in fact, has also captained the Punjab side in the IPL back in 2014 and hence stands as one of the strongest contenders for the job because of his connection with the franchise. Earlier, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson had brought an end to his association with KXIP to become Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) team director.
Changes have been pretty consistent at KXIP, with franchise developing a stature as one of the busiest outfits in the auctions every year. It could be the same case this time as well, although it isn't just the players' roster that the team will be making changes with.
KXIP have entered the knockouts of the IPL only twice in history - a semi-final finish in the inaugural season in 2008 and a runners-up finish in 2014. The previous edition of the cash-rich franchise league saw them secure a 6th place finish despite being one of the most consistent sides in the first half.
One of the biggest talking points at the franchise is presently the future of Ashwin who seems to have entered a deadlock situation with the management at KXIP regarding his share of the transfer fee that DC will be paying.
KXIP CEO Satish Menon, although had denied such disagreement and suggested: “I can say there is no such issue and the sale would happen only when the board of the franchise gives the go-ahead. Ashwin was in the UK for county games till recently and our board has not met yet.”