According to the latest reports of Cricbuzz, Punjab Kings are looking to rope in a new coach for the next IPL season as they have decided not to renew the contract of the current coach, Anil Kumble. Kumble’s contract with the franchise ends in September and the report stated that the franchise has already approached a few people for the role of the PBKS coach. Former England skipper, Eoin Morgan is one of the names that has likely been approached by PBKS.
Anil Kumble has been the Head Coach and the Director of Cricket Operations for PBKS since October 2019. In all three seasons of the PBKS under him, the side has not managed to enter the playoffs. PBKS finished 6th in the points table in all three seasons. Hence, the franchise is now set to part ways with Anil Kumble.
According to reports, England skipper Eoin Morgan, former England coach Trevor Bayliss, and a former Indian coach have been approached by the franchise. Eoin Morgan’s name has come as a surprise to everyone as he has recently retired from international cricket and continues to play domestic cricket. It would hence be interesting to see if Morgan ends up taking up the role.
Trevor Bayliss was the coach of the 2019 World Cup-winning England side and he was the coach of the 2012 and 2014 IPL-winning KKR side which was captained by Gautam Gambhir. He has also worked with the SRH side as their head coach. Bayliss would hence be the top contender for the PBKS head coach role if he shows interest.
The PBKS side has not managed to reach the playoffs since 2014. The franchise had roped-in Kumble as the coach of the side back in 2019 in the hope of some change in their fortunes but it didn’t go as expected. Hence, the franchise owners are looking to make changes. It is expected that one of the three names mentioned above will be appointed as the PBKS Head Coach in a week’s time.