Indian spin legend Anil Kumble’s stint as head coach of the Punjab Kings has come to an end after the IPL franchise decided not to renew his contract. According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the decision to part ways with Kumble was made by a board comprised of multiple owners, including Bollywood actor Preity Zinta, industrialists Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia and Karan Paul, and CEO of the Satish Menon team. The franchise is looking for a new coach, and an announcement is expected soon.
Former India captain Kumble was appointed head coach of the Punjab Kings ahead of the 2020 IPL season. The franchise has finished in the bottom half of the points table since then.
The Punjab Kings have only reached the IPL qualifiers twice, with only one final appearance in 2014 in which they lost to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kumble was in charge of the team in 42 games, winning 18 and losing 22. Under him, two of the team’s games were tied.
Kumble previously served as a mentor to Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore before taking over coaching responsibilities for the Indian team in 2016. Meanwhile, the franchise also dismissed speculation that Mayank Agarwal could be replaced as captain this year. ”Reports published by a certain sports news website regarding the Punjab Kings franchise captaincy have been making the rounds in recent days. We would like to clarify that no team official has released a statement regarding this,” the franchise said.
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