The Punjab Kings have revamped their coaching team. In other news, water is wet.
Punjab Kings have announced further alterations to their support staff in preparation for the 2023 IPL season, including the return of Wasim Jaffer as batting coach and Charl Langeveldt as bowling coach. Brad Haddin has also been hired as an assistant coach.
After Anil Kumble’s contract was not renewed, they hired Trevor Bayliss as head coach in September. Shikhar Dhawan was named captain of the IPL 2023 earlier this month, succeeding Mayank Agarwal, who was also recently removed from the squad. Under Kumble, the Kings have missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons.
Wasim Jaffer’s Previous stint with Punjab Kings
Jaffer, who was put in the job ahead of the 2020 season under Kumble, stepped down last year ahead of the mega auction. He was named chief coach of the Odisha Ranji squad in July 2021, after which he joined the Bangladesh U-19 team.
Meanwhile, Langeveldt served as Punjab’s bowling coach during the IPL 2020 season until being replaced by Damien Wright in 2021. He is also the bowling coach for South Africa’s men’s squad.
Former Australia wicketkeeper-battler Haddin will reunite with Bayliss, with whom he previously served in the same capacity at Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Following yet another season in which they missed making the final four, the Kings have made changes, releasing nine players on November 15 at the end of the retention deadline. Apart from Agarwal and Odean Smith, none of their other releases were regulars in their first XI last season, and Kings will enter the IPL 2023 auction with the second-highest purse of INR 32.2 crore on December 23.
Michael Vaughan, of course, had to say something.