KXIP appoint a T20 World Cup winner as assistant coach
Former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman Andy Flower has been appointed as the assistant coach of Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 2020 edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 tournament on Saturday (March 7).
England’s former head coach Flower replaces Sunil Joshi – who was recently appointed as the chairman of the senior men’s national side – and will assist Anil Kumble in Kings XI’s new coaching setup. This will be Flower’s first assignment in the IPL.
“I am truly excited to come on board as the assistant coach for Kings XI Punjab and look forward to working with Anil Kumble this edition of the IPL,” Flower told the Kings XI website. “The team looks great and we have a fantastic line up and top-notch support staff and we can’t wait to show the world what the Shers are capable of.”
Flower is unarguably one of the most high profile international coaches around the globe at the moment, as he had helped England to their first-ever ICC trophy with the T20 World Cup victory in the Caribbean in 2010. As the coach of England, Flower had also coached them to No.1 on the ICC Test rankings.
The Mohali-based franchise had earlier appointed Wasim Jaffer as their batting coach, with Jonty Rhodes and Charl Langeveldt serving as the fielding and bowling coach (respectively) in this year’s edition of the IPL.
KXIP will also have a new captain in KL Rahul, as they had traded Ravichandran Ashwin to Delhi Capitals. They will play their first match of the season against Delhi Capitals on March 30.