The Kings XI Punjab have ended their association with their mentor Virender Sehwag. The former combative batsman was serving as the mentor of the franchise. However, Sehwag has now parted ways with the franchise. In fact, the former pugnacious batsman had also played for the team in the earlier seasons of the IPL.
Sehwag cleared that his partnership with the franchise has ended on a good note. Punjab franchise confirmed that they don’t require Sehwag services anymore. Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab will be coached by former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson. Brad Hodge was the previous coach of the franchise.
Mike Hesson is going to coach Kings XI Punjab.
“I’ve received a mail from the franchise stating that they won’t be needing a brand ambassador and a mentor,” Sehwag told Mumbai Mirror.
“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,” Sehwag added.
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Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag’s contract with the franchise was due to be renewed in December. However, the management of Ness Wadia, Mohit Burman, and Preity Zinta have decided not to renew the contract.
Sehwag also cleared the air that incident with Preity Zinta didn’t have anything to do with his sacking. Sehwag said, “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.”
Kings XI Punjab was also in talks to trade Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, the final deal could not be struck. Dhawan is finally bought by the Delhi Daredevils.
Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab has traded Marcus Stoinis with Mandeep Singh from Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mandeep Singh had also played for the Punjab franchise in the previous editions of the IPL.
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Virender Sehwag had joined Kings XI Punjab as a player in 2011 and then went on to serve as a mentor.