Kings XI Punjab Wednesday appointed former Australian batsman Michael Bevan as its coach for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
"We are thrilled to have Bevan as our coach. His rich experience, vast expertise and sheer commitment to the game will guide the team to perform and enhance their skills. Nicknamed the finisher, we believe Bevan will mentor the team to finish at numero uno position at IPL IV," said the promoters of the franchise.
Bevan, 40, represented Australia in 232 one-day internationals and scored runs at a staggering batting average of 58.
Commenting on his appointment, Bevan said, "I have been following IPL since season 1, and thanks to my new role as coach, 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. The immediate focus of course is on getting the right pool of talent in the upcoming auction in Bangalore.
"Post that my boys and I promise to deliver some great cricketing moments this season of IPL."
Kings XI fared badly in last year's tournament and finished last among the eight teams.