Former Indian skipper and coach Anil Kumble is reportedly set to take the position of the coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side- Kings XI Punjab after he was appointed as the franchise’s Director, Cricket Operations on Friday, October 2, 2019. The board meeting of the franchise and co-owner Ness Wadia made it clear that they want Kumble to take both the positions for the King's XI side.
Talking to a leading publication, Wadia said that Kumble is their clear choice for the coach position. Also, he said that the world is aware of his cricketing and coaching abilities. He complimented Kumble to be a calm, cool and collected person. Also, he said that his experience with the two franchises would work for the team. Wadia further added that he is sure about Kings XI doing well under Kumble’s leadership.
Pune, a happy hunting ground for our Sher! 💪@mayankcricket joins the Indian legendary opener in the record 📚 when he smashed his second consecutive Test ton this morning. 🙌#SaddaPunjab #INDvSA https://t.co/auDAri1Hw2— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) October 10, 2019
Also, multiple reports suggest that former Australian limited-overs skipper George Bailey will be appointed as the batting coach and former India International Sunil Joshi will be designated as the assistant coach. Meanwhile, the former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes is likely to be the fielding coach and West Indies great Courtney Walsh is tipped to be appointed as the new bowling coach. Kings XI finished in sixth position with 12 points in their last season. They registered six wins and eight draws in the 14 matches they played last season.