WV Raman, the former India opener, has been appointed assistant coach of Kings XI Punjab. This will be Raman's first assignment in the IPL, and he will work with head coach Darren Lehmann, who oversaw the now defunct Deccan Chargers last season.

Raman, who played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs for India, has plenty of domestic coaching experience, having been in charge of Tamil Nadu for four years and is currently the coach of Bengal.

"We are pleased to have WV Raman as the assistant coach of our team for IPL 2013," Kings XI Punjab's COO Arvinder Singh said. "Given his vast experience as an ex-Indian player and his coaching stints over the years, I am certain that he shall bring another dimension to our coaching staff and help our players perform to the best of their abilities."

Raman said he looked forward to his new assignment. "Kings XI Punjab has the right mix of experienced as well as young players supported by a world class coaching staff and I shall do my best to get the best out of the players."