New Delhi, Mar 24: Skipper of Kings XI Punjab, Adam Gilchrist, on Friday, was given extra responsibility as he was appointed coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League season 5 which begins on April 4.
The league is set to start on April 5. "Adam is a natural leader involved in all aspects of running a successful campaign in the IPL. Hence, this is only a natural progression of his increased role within the franchisee," said Col Arvinder Singh, the side's COO.
Besides leading the side, Gilchrist will also act as a mentor of the Punjab side.
"Appointing him as a coach-captain gives us an added advantage as he shall also be fully involved in all cricketing activities of the franchise outside of the IPL Season and hence have a major role in shaping the future of Kings XI Punjab team in the years to come.
"We believe that the entire coaching and support staff is the best in the business and shall certainly take the team to greater glory," Arvinder added.
Gilchrist would be assisted by Vikram Rathore, assistant coach, physiotherapist Patrick Farhart, fielding coach Mike Young and Joseph Henry Dawes, the bowling coach.