On Sunday, Former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad has been appointed as the bowling coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), barely a couple of days after the former India medium pacer resigned as the chief of a junior national selection panel.
With the season 11 of the cash-rich league around the corner, Kings XI Punjab announced their support staff. A released statement read, “Venkatesh Prasad, former right-arm medium-fast bowler, and ex-chairman of the junior national selection committee (BCCI) comes on board as the teams bowling coach.”
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Former Australia player Brad Hodge came in on board as the team’s head coach for the next three seasons. Scoring more than 7000 runs in the shortest format of the game, Hodge is sure to shake things up for Kings XI Punjab and will give an apt direction to the team under the guidance of team mentor Virender Sehwag.
Hodge 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.”
Delhi cricketer Mithun Manhas is back with the squad as an assistant coach and joining him are Nishant Thakur, Shyamal Vallabhjee and Nishanta Bordoloi who will serve as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, technical coach and fielding coach respectively.
Sehwag said, “We are glad to have a foreign coach join the team this year along with Venkatesh. I hope the team benefits hugely from their collective experiences.” Prasad’s resignation comes less than a month after India lifted their fourth title at the Under-19 World Cup.
Prasad, who has worked as the head of the junior national selection committee for 30 months, of late, shared a cold relationship with the BCCI mandarins.