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With the signing, Kumble becomes the only Indian coach currently in the IPL.
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 17:07

Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble has been appointed as the head coach of Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Kumble will also be put in charge of "all cricket-related affairs" of the team for the foreseeable future. With the signing, Kumble becomes the only Indian coach in the IPL.

The report further stated that Kumble would make a presentation to the team management on his plans for the road ahead on October 19.

Kumble, who is India's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, will be replacing Mike Hesson who in August parted ways with the Punjab-based franchise after one season at helm with them.

Even though Hesson had signed a two-year contract, the 44-year-old left the role midway with the Punjab-based franchise, who finished sixth in this year's edition. He has been appointed as Royal Challengers of Bangalore'S (RCB) director of cricket.

Kings XI will be the third IPL team Kumble will be involved with. He started out as a player - and later captain - with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2008. He was then appointed as a mentor by the same team, before joining Mumbai Indians in a similar role in 2013.

In June 2016, he was appointed as the head coach of the Indian men's team by BCCI for a period of one year but resigned due to "untenable" differences with captain Virat Kohli.

A number of players from Karnataka including KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair play for the Karnataka Ranji cricket team.

Kings XI Punjab is led by Tamil Nadu spinner R Ashwin however reports stated that there are talks involving the franchise and Delhi Capitals to trade the off-spinner ahead of the upcoming IPL season. The final decision on the matter will be taken by Anil Kumble.