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Virender Sehwag to continue as Mentor of Kings XI Punjab

Flop XI of the IPL 2015
Virender Sehwag KXIP. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Ahead of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Punjab based franchise Kings XI Punjab lost a key personal. Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar who was the head coach of the team for the last couple of season quit from the position after reports of a rift between him and team co-owner Preity Zinta. While the team is still hunting for a replacement it is reported that former Indian opener Virender Sehwag will continue to be the mentor of the team.

Kings XI wants another Indian coach and support staff to replace Bangar and others who quit with him. “We’re looking for an Indian coach. The support staff will be all Indians,” a member of the franchise was quoted by Mumbai Mirror as saying. Though he didn’t reveal the names they were pondering on, he did mention that they will possibly rope in a coach who has done well with his domestic team.

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It is also reported that Indian fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar who also manages the same responsibility for the franchise will stick with them while physio Patrick Farhart has also quit from the position. Their bowling coach Joe Dawes from Australia had also ended his association with KXIP.

There were speculations of Sehwag taking over from Bangar as the head coach of the team but it is believed that without much coaching experience under his belt the Nawab of Najafgarh wasn’t really keen on coaching the team.

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In the meantime, the workshop organised for the IPL franchises in London in all likelihood will be postponed. It has got more to do with pressure the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is under with the Supreme Court of India scheduled to pass it’s order on the implementation of Lodha committee’s recommendations as reforms in the functioning of the Indian board.

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