Kings XI Punjab have appointed Ryan Harris, the former Australia quick, as the bowling coach for the 2019 IPL season. Harris replaces Venkatesh Prasad, who was in the position last year but resigned recently. Harris was the head coach of the Australia Under-19, who were runner-ups in the World Cup earlier this year.
Kings XI, who finished seventh last season, also roped in former New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan as a fielding coach. McMillan, who is also the batting coach of New Zealand, is currently in the UAE for the ongoing Test series against Pakistan.
“Having quality coaches like Harris and McMillan will be a great asset to the team,” Mike Hesson, who recently took over as head coach, said. “They have both performed as players on the big stage and have made the transition into quality coaches. They will be excellent additions to the coaching team.”
The other appointments by made the franchise to bolster the support staff were that of Brett Harrop (physio), Sridharan Sriram (batting coach) and Prasanna Raman (high-performance coach).
Apart from the ouster of former head coach Brad Hodge and Virender Sehwag, who was the tean Mentor and Head of Cricket Operations, Kings XI released eleven players, including Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch and Axar Patel, and traded Marcus Stoinis for Royal Challenger Bangalore’s Mandeep Singh. That has left them with the highest salary cap (INR 36.20 crores) among all franchises ahead of the auction.