Virender Sehwag is likely to have greater say in the coaching and decision-making at Kings XI Punjab after the franchise appointed him head of cricket operations and strategy.
Sehwag represented Kings XI for two years from 2014, when they made the final for the first time. In 2016, after his retirement, he was made a mentor, and now he takes on more responsibility with Sanjay Bangar having vacated the position of head coach last December. "It is such an honour to lead this team and mentor our young talent," he said. "Kings XI Punjab is a team very close to my heart and I am looking forward to a great season with them."
Kings XI go into this year's IPL having finished bottom in 2015 and 2016. They have kept faith in the core of the squad though, releasing only four out of 23 players during the transfer window last December.