Brad Hodge, former Australian cricketer was appointed the head coach of Kings eleven Punjab franchise. Venkatesh Prasad was named as bowling coach for the upcoming IPL season. Brad Hodge was appointed as head coach for KXIP for the upcoming three seasons of IPL.Venkatesh Prasad resigned for the post of the head selector of national junior selection committee two days ago. He took this decision within a month of the U-19 team lifted the ICC world cup.
As the IPL season is nearing, the management made the announcement regarding the appointment of supporting staff. In this context, the KXIP representative said that Venkatesh Prasad, former right-arm medium-fast bowler, and ex-chairman of the junior national selection committee (BCCI) comes on board as the team’s bowling coach.”
Brad Hodge made 7000 runs in his international career and this was the most anticipated decision of the franchise to appoint a foreign coach. The franchise officials said that the unison of Brad Hodge and Venkatesh Prasad will be an utmost gain for the team. Earlier, the franchise appointed Virender Sehwag as the team mentor.
In this context, Hodge said that “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.”
In addition to the above staff, some of the supporting staff members, Shyamal Vallabhjee, Nishanta Bordoloi and Nishanth Thakur along with Mithun Manhas will act as fielding coach, strength and conditioning coach, technical coach and assistant coach respectively. Mithun Manhas is a Delhi-based cricketer.
The mentor of the team Virender Sehwag said about the appointment of Hodge as the head coach that “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.”
Venkatesh Prasad worked as the chairman of the junior national selection committee for 30 months and due to conflicts with the BCCI officials, he stepped down from the position.