Former India spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed Punjab Kings' (PBKS) spin bowling coach, the franchise announced on social media. Joshi, a former left-arm spinner, was till recently part of the the Indian selection panel, before being replaced.
We are excited to announce that former Indian left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed as Punjab Kings Spin Bowling Coach. 🤩#SherSquad, let's give him a warm welcome! 🙏🏽#SaddaPunjab #PunjabKings #SunilJoshi @SunilJoshi_Spin pic.twitter.com/MN459TEuK5— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) January 16, 2023
Joshi joins a backroom staff consisting of Trevor Bayliss, who replaced Anil Kumble as head coach along with Wasim Jaffer (batting coach) and former South Africa pacer Charl Langeveldt (bowling coach). After releasing Mayank Agarwal, the Kings named Shikhar Dhawan as the new captain. Agarwal was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for INR 8.25 crore after fighting off competition from Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the auction.
Joshi had a similar role with the Punjab domestic team in 2019 before taking up a job with the Bangladesh national side. He has also been part of the coaching staff with Ranji teams like Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir and Assam.
Joshi was named Team India's chief selector in 2020 before Chetan Sharma took over. However, he continued to be a part of the selection panel until a new one was announced earlier this month. Joshi has played 84 international matches for India between 1996 and 2001, scalping 110 wickets overall.
As far as PBKS are concerned, they will hope to turn their fortunes around this season after finishing sixth in the last four seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL). IPL 2023 is set to see as many as 74 matches, 14 more than the previous seasons. The schedule of the tournament however is yet to be announced.
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