Amidst the reports suggesting that Kings XI Punjab might trade their captain R Ashwin to Delhi Capitals, the veteran cricketer has dropped a big hint on parting ways with the franchise. Ashwin has removed Kings XI Punjab from his twitter bio.
Earlier, he had included the name of Kings XI Punjab as one of the teams that he represents but as per his updated bio, there is no mention of Kings XI Punjab. Here are the screenshots –
Ashwin was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.6 Crore ahead of IPL 2018. Surprisingly, he was also named as the captain. Under him, KXIP made a brilliant start to IPL 2018 as they won first six out of their first seven matches but they had a poor run in the second phase and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
In 2019, KKXIP won six out of 14 matches and again could not qualify for the playoffs. After the team’s failure to qualify for the second round, the entire coaching staff quit their positions. Mike Hesson, Craig McMillian and Ryan Harris left the franchise.
Before IPL 2019, KXIP had also parted ways with Virender Sehwag and head coach Brad Hodge, who had been appointed in 2018 for three years.
As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, KXIP are now in talks with Anil Kumble for the head coach position. Apart from him, the franchise is also in talks with Darren Lehmann. George Bailey, who was in also in talks for the top job, has joined the team as batting coach, the report suggested.
Should Kumble be appointed as KXIP’s head coach, it will be his comeback to IPL. He has been associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in past.
Later, he went on to coach Indian cricket team for one year and has been commentating on the tournament after leaving his post at the national team.
Kings XI Punjab are expected to confirm their new head coach before te IPL auction that takes place on December 19 in Kolkata.