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IPL Desk in Mumbai 01 February 2013 - 02:56pm IST

Darren Lehmann to coach KXIP

Former Aus batsman keen on changing the team’s fortunes

Former Australia batsman, Darren Lehmann has been named as Kings XI Punjab’s new coach ahead of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013.

Lehmann has replaced his fellow countryman Adam Gilchrist, who was captain-cum-coach of the team in the last season. Gilchrist will continue to be part of the team while Lehmann takes over the mentoring role from him.

Lehmann played for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2008 before coaching the 2009 season winners.

Commenting on his appointment, Lehmann said, “I am extremely honoured to get a chance to coach Kings XI Punjab in this year’s IPL.

“The franchise has always excited me and I look forward to working with the owners, players, support staff and fans.

“I’m geared up for the challenges it brings and will always encourage our team to be an entertaining and aggressive brand that people love to watch and associate with.

“I’m also looking forward to working with Adam Gilchrist again and help all the players grow on and off the field. I would once again like to thank the owners for giving me this opportunity,” said the new KXIP coach.

The KXIP promoters welcomed Lehmann to the team. “We are extremely happy to have Darren Lehmann on-board as the coach of our team.

“Darren brings with him rich experience and immense knowledge about the game and the T20 format through his stints with IPL and other leagues.

“We firmly believe that he will be a great mentor to our team and will take us to new heights. We wish him all the best for his endeavours.”

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