Andy Flower on Wednesday stepped down from Punjab Kings’ assistant coach role just a day after teams submitted its retained players’ list.
Flower, who has been coaching for nearly 15 years, resigned as the assistant coach of the Punjab outfit, as confirmed by BCCI.
Andy Flower to join a new franchise in IPL?
It is being expected that the former Zimbabwe player might get a role in one of the two new franchises (Ahmedabad and Lucknow) in IPL 2022.
“He sent his resignation to the team recently. It has been accepted. There is a good chance that he goes to one of the new teams (Lucknow or Ahmedabad),” a BCCI official told news agency PTI.
Flower joined Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2020 and worked under head coach Anil Kumble for two seasons along with Wasim Jaffer (batting coach), Damien Wright (bowling coach) and Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach).
Flower is also the head coach of St Lucia Kings in the Caribbean Premier League. St Lucia Kings, who ended as runners-up in CPL 2021 to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, is owned by the same consortium that owns Punjab Kings in IPL.
Punjab Kings finished sixth on the points table of IPL 2021 with 12 points from 14 matches. However, after releasing him in the recent retention list, the franchise has also parted ways with its skipper KL Rahul.
KL Rahul parted ways with Punjab Kings after four years
Rahul played for Punjab for four seasons since joining them in 2018 and ended up becoming their highest run-scorer with 2548 runs from 55 matches.
Reports have also suggested that Rahul might lead the Lucknow franchise, one of two new teams, in IPL 2022.
Punjab Kings retained Mayank Agarwal and uncapped player Arshdeep Singh for Rs 12 crores and four crores, respectively, with Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram Shahrukh Khan, Mohammed Shami were also released.