Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer is set to be back as the Punjab Kings batting coach ahead prior to IPL 2023 on Wednesday. While he had stepped down from the role ahead of the IPL 2022 mega-auction, he has been re-appointed in that position after a change of coaching staff.
The 44-year-old had joined the franchise in 2019 and worked for the team for three seasons from 2019 to 2021. In each of these three seasons, the team showed promise but failed to secure a place in the final four, finishing sixth in all three seasons.
The Kings seem desperate, however, this time to change their fortunes. Not only have they released their captain of IPL 2022 ahead of the mini-auctions, but they have also appointed an experienced campaigner in Shikhar Dhawan as their leader.
They have retained 16 players and have given themselves INR 32.2 crore to spend at the auction in Kochi on December 23.
"Jiska tha besabri se intezaar, introducing our 🆕 Batting Coach, Wasim Jaffer! 🤩 #SherSquad, reply with a meme to welcome the King! 👇 #SaddaPunjab #PunjabKings #WasimJaffer #IPL," Kings made the announcement on social media.
In addition, the Kings have named ex-South African cricketer Charl Langeveldt as their fast bowling coach and former Australian wicketkeeper-batter Brad Haddin as their assistant coach. Trevor Bayliss was already announced as the new Punjab Kings head coach, replacing Anil Kumble.