IPL: Brad Haddin joins Trevor Bayliss as assistant coach at Punjab Kings | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has joined Punjab Kings as assistant coach ahead of the Indian Premier League in 2023.
The 44-year-old joining the Punjab franchise was on the cards after the IPL franchise replaced World Cup winner Trevor Bayliss as the new head coach, India great Anil Kumble.
Both Haddin and Bayliss share a good working relationship and were even at Sunrisers Hyderabad together. Haddin represented Australia in 66 Tests, 126 ODIs and 34 T20s.
“Haddin has been appointed as assistant coach. The rest of the support staff will be appointed soon,” an IPL source told PTI on Thursday.
Besides Kumble, the team did not renew the contract of assistant coach Jonty Rhodes and bowling coach Damien Wright. Former South African batsman Rhodes joined Punjab ahead of the 2020 edition, while Wright came on board the following year.
With the team failing to make the playoffs in the last three seasons, the management decided to part ways with the support staff members after failing to extend Kumble’s contract.
Punjab are hoping to win their first IPL trophy under Bayliss who coached Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles in 2012 and 2014.
Punjab, which has underperformed since IPL’s inception in 2008, has finished sixth in the last four seasons.
In the most recent IPL, they failed to register two wins in a row in the league stage, effectively leading to their early exit.
Another important decision the management has to make is about captaincy. Mayank Agarwal took over from KL Rahul last season but he failed to live up to expectations with the bat.
He and Arshdeep Singh were the only two players retained by Punjab ahead of the 2022 edition.


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