Punjab Kings (PBKS) terminate contract with coach Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble

The kings of Punjab decided not to renew the former India Spinner contracted Anil Kumble, so his tenure as head coach of the team is now over.

A board of directors made up of several owners, including Bollywood’s Preity Zinta, industrialists Mohit Borman, Ness Wadia and Karan Paul, as well as Kings CEO Satish Menon, decided to abandon Kumble. According to the information obtained, they are looking for a new coach who will be named soon.

In 2020, Comble joined the Kings. They have finished in the bottom half of the IPL points table in each of the three seasons he has overseen the team.

Comble was the fifth coach hired by the Kings in five seasons, after Mike Hesson (2019), Brad Hodge (2018), Virender Siwag (2017) and Sanjay Bangar (2014-16).

Kumble was the only Indian coach in IPL in 2020. After his football career, he worked with three IPL teams, first as coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore and then for Mumbai Indians. The Kings was his third team. This was before he took over as India coach for a year in 2016.

However, taking charge of regulating kings, whether as a leader or coach, was no simple matter. For example, Kumble was responsible for 42 games. He drew in two matches, won 18 and lost 22.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble. Photo: iplt20.com/ BCCI

A call on captain Mayank Agarwal to be taken by the new coach: reports

According to Ravi Shastri, the most important element of the Kings review ahead of the 2023 season will be whether or not to retain Aggarwal as captain. Shastri believes the additional responsibility had a negative impact on Agarwal’s performance as a batsman, which resulted in him being disqualified from the Indian team for the T20I series against South Africa in June, right after the IPL.

Mayank Agarwal.  Photo- IPL
Mayank Agarwal. Photo- IPL

Punjab kings denied media reports citing unnamed concession officials who had speculated about Agarwal’s future as captain. But according to reports, as reported by Espncricinfo, the new coach will make the final decision on the matter.

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