Kings XI Punjab have undergone a wholesale change after the 2018 edition of the IPL where they finished second last. Earlier, former Australian batsman Brad Hodge was sacked one year into his three-year deal as coach and replaced by Kiwi Mike Hesson.
Harris replaces Venkatesh Prasad as the bowling coach as former New Zealand coach Hesson has ringed in the changes. Kings XI have also brought in New Zealand’s former all-rounder Craig McMillan as fielding coach.
“Having quality coaches like Harris and McMillan will be a great asset to the team. They have both performed as players on the big stage and have made the transition into quality coaches. They will be excellent additions to the coaching team,” coach Hesson said.
Earlier, retired India batsman Virender Sehwag had announced on Twitter the end of his association with Kings XI. He played for the team for two years before mentoring them from 2016 to 2018.
Indian Premier League outfit Delhi Daredevils has been renamed to Delhi Capitals as part of a fresh start by the franchise’s new owners.
The Delhi side has never won the IPL title, routinely finishing at the bottom of the table. The new team held on to the old red and blue hues but had added three tigers to a new logo unveiled in New Delhi.
Mumbai-based JSW Sports bought a 50 percent stake in the franchise earlier this year and said they will retain Australian coach Ricky Ponting and captain Shreyas Iyer for the 2019 season.
“Delhi is the power centre of the country, it is the capital, therefore the name Delhi Capitals,” JSW director Parth Jindal said.
“With (Shikhar) Dhawan, we have got more solidity at the top. And the young guys who have been with us (Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant) are doing well for India. The captain and coach are the same, there is continuity there,” he added.
Now retired India opener Gautam Gambhir had stepped down as captain in April after a string of failures. The 37-year-old Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday.
Delhi have a purse of $3.5 million to spend during the IPL auction on December 18 in Jaipur for the next edition of the tournament in April and May.
One part of the 2019 edition is likely to be held outside India depending on the date of the country’s scheduled general election.
The 2019 Indian Premier League will be without some of Australia’s best players for its final weeks because the World Cup will take priority, as Cricket Australia aims to ensure country is put before club.
However, Australian cricket has suffered from scandal and poor form over the course of a horrendous 2018 – and focus has turned to rectifying that ahead of a World Cup defence and Ashes series in England.
The guidelines state that anyone selected in the 15-player World Cup squad, which will be announced in late April, must attend a pre-tournament camp in early May. Australia will also play an ODI series against Pakistan during the last two weeks of March and will not be released before its completion.
The red-ball Sheffield Shield competition also takes precedence over the IPL, and players hoping to compete in India must seek prior approval from the CA.
CA’s interim Team Performance chief Belinda Clark said the rules were “in the interest of making Australians proud of our team”.
“We are working hard to ensure their health and match readiness ahead of what will undoubtedly be a huge year in cricket, while respecting the players’ interests in playing in the various formats,” she said.
“It is a difficult period with the IPL being brought forward to accommodate the Cricket World Cup, and overlapping our domestic season.
“We are committed to respecting the position of the Sheffield Shield, while ensuring Australia’s World Cup squad is well prepared for this critical world event.”
The 2019 IPL auction is due to take place next month with Australian players often sought after on big-money contracts. Fast bowler Mitchell Starc revealed he had been released from his Kolkata Knight Riders contract earlier this week, though it is unclear whether the decision is to do with his limited availability.