IPL 2018: KXIP appoint Venkatesh Prasad as bowling coach

  • Kings XI Punjab have appointed former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad as their bowling coach for IPL 2018 season
  • Venkatesh Prasad has very recently resigned from the post of chairman of the junior national cricket team’s selection committee (a subsidiary of the BCCI)
  • India U19 had recently won the ICC U19 World Cup when Venkatesh Prasad was the chairman

As the eleventh season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) closes in to kickoff, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have confirmed that the former India pacer and cricketing legend Venkatesh Prasad will be the franchise’s new bowling coach. While it is normal for Indian Premier League franchises to go after veteran cricketers as coaches, KXIP’s news has surprised people as little, as Venkatesh Prasad was appointed as their bowling coach, only a couple days after Prasad resigned as the chairman of the junior national cricket team’s selection panel, which is a subsidiary body of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India).

Venkatesh Prasad has done stints in Indian Premier League previously

Prasad already has the experience of working with Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore previously, and will look to capitalise on his immense learnings for KXIP, when he teaches his winning tricks to the Mohali-based franchise for IPL 2018. As reported by Cricket World, a Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) statement informed,

“Venkatesh Prasad, former right-arm medium-fast bowler and ex-chairman of the junior national selection committee (BCCI) comes on board as the team’s bowling coach.”

Venkatesh Prasad to join Brad Hodge and Virender Sehwag at KXIP

Prasad, who has played 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for India, will join Australian great Brad Hodge (KXIP head coach) and Virender Sehwag (director of KXIP Cricket Operations) at Kings XI Punjab for IPL 2018.

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab had also announced their IPL 2018 auction’s new signing, Ravichandran Ashwin, as the new captain of the franchise for IPL 2018.

Kings XI Punjab will begin their IPL 2018 campaign with a match against Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla on 8th April.

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READ: Venkatesh Prasad resigns as chairman of BCCI junior selection committee.