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It was completely their decision, says Virender Sehwag after leaving Kings XI Punjab

Sehwag was with KXIP for two years as a player and mentored them in he previous edition.

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Virender Sehwag. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Virender Sehwag and Kings XI Punjab parted ways ahead of the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday. The former cricketer himself announced the same on his official Twitter handle. He worked as the mentor of the team in the previous edition after playing for them for a couple of years. However, the team, under Ravi Ashwin’s captaincy, failed to make it to the playoffs once again.

KXIP started the tournament on a bright note and were ruling the points table in the first half. But they lost all the momentum later losing a plethora of matches and eventually finished seventh. Ahead of the next season, they’ve also sacked the head coach Brad Hodge and have appointed Mike Hesson at the helm.

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Sehwag, on Saturday, took to Twitter to inform his fans to declare the end of his association with the franchise. “All good things must come to an end and I’ve had a wonderful time at Kings 11 Punjab, for 2 seasons as a player and 3 as a mentor. My association with Kings 11 comes to an end and I am thankful for the time I have had here and wish the team all the very best for the times ahead,” he wrote.

Sehwag received a mail from the franchise

Virender Sehwag received a mail from the Kings XI Punjab that they don’t require the brand ambassador and the team mentor anymore. He also cleared that it was completely franchise’s decision and he wasn’t involved in any such process. During the last season, there were reports of Sehwag’s clashes with the team owner Preity Zinta for making frequent changes in the team. However, he didn’t believe that was the reason behind him being sidelined.

“I’ve received a mail from the franchise stating that they won’t be needing a brand ambassador and a mentor. I was happy being part of the Kings XI Punjab team. It was their decision, so I had no role in the decision-making process. I don’t think the incident (with Preity) had anything to do with my exit. If they want to have a new mentor or a new ambassador, it is up to them,” Sehwag was quoted as saying by the Mumbai Mirror.

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