IPL 2011 January 5, 2011

Bevan named Kings XI Punjab coach

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Michael Bevan, the former Australia batsman, has been appointed coach of Kings XI Punjab for the fourth edition of the IPL. Bevan replaces fellow Australian Tom Moody in the job and takes charge of a team whose participation in the tournament was in question until very recently, following its termination by the IPL in October. Punjab was given a lifeline in December when the Bombay High Court stayed the expulsion in December, and its participation in IPL 4 was all but confirmed on Wednesday.

Bevan, 40, was the mainstay of Australia's middle order and part of the World Cup winning teams in 1999 and 2003. Following his retirement, he also had a brief stint in the unauthorised Indian Cricket League. "The immediate focus of course is on getting the right pool of talent in the upcoming auctions in Bangalore," Bevan was quoted as saying in a release issued by the franchise.

"I have been following IPL since the first season, and now thanks to my new role as coach of Kings XI Punjab, I am part of this enthralling cricket tournament. I love this game and I am quite excited to coach a team that is driven by the same passion... my boys and I promise to deliver some great cricketing moments this season of IPL."

Punjab finished at the bottom of the league last year, losing 10 out of their 14 games. The auctions will be held in Bangalore on January 8 and 9.

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  • Pratyush on January 6, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Once again the tamasha begins in India. Hope this was atleast not called Indian "Paisa" League

  • Vinod on January 6, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Will be more happy to see him as Team India coach rather than that of IPL teams. Gary, more likely not to renew the contract and we all are going to miss him....MB, the best finisher is the second best person to be in Gary Kirsten's position. Give a thought.

  • mani on January 6, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    @lankan_neutral: If u want to c a tournament which develops Indian talent, then go and c Ranji trophy! Ipl is full of fun and entertainment which cannot be fulfilled without foreigners!

  • Moha on January 6, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    The pupose of IPL was to improve indian young players and other things related to Indian cricket. But now Indian young players will not get paid much and even they will not get more chance to play. Now the coach; Are't there any Indian coaches in India? I am sure there are.

  • purav on January 6, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    foriegn coaches are hired because of there fitness level knowledge,disciplinary level,less ego-istic problems and to bring a diversified cultural to the team. Micheal bevan was an excellent finisher to the limited form of the game,an excellent fielder so he brings valuable knowledge to the team

  • Dimuthu on January 5, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    i dont think pakistani players will be involved this time either. well, i cant remember seeing any of them in the auction list anyway. you must remember that.. 1) this is an Indian domestic competition 2) this is a private competition, so they don't owe anyone anything for 'emotion' 3) this is purely a business venture for the owners, and it is a massive business risk to include players who might not even be given visas to enter the country to play in this domestic league so, as much as most of us would LOVE to see all the best T20 players from the world play in this for us to watch, our expectations must be realistic

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    @Adil: I hope that the Pakistani players are included in the auction list.......

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    "You boys", Michael? Who are they?

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Michael Bevan!!! One of my fav. cricketers in the world...Sounds exciting..Welcome board sir!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    BCCI must chase him too for the Indian team as Gary's leaving us at the end of the South African tour ...

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