New Delhi: Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab for a three-year term.
Hodge, 42, held a similar role with Gujarat Lions for the last two seasons and will now report to KXIP's mentor-cum director of cricket, Virender Sehwag.
KXIP's head coach's job was informally held by Sehwag after India team's batting coach Sanjay Bangar resigned in December 2016.
"We have signed a three-year agreement with Brad, who will be our head coach," Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
"Viru (Sehwag) will be actively involved, too, as our director of cricket."
Hodge continues to play as an active player and will be playing for Melbourne Renegades in the 2017-18 Big Bash League (BBL) before joining KXIP as the head coach.
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The other members of the panel include Saurashtra's Jaydev Shah, Karnataka's Santosh Menon, Assam's Devajit Saikia, CAB's Avishek Dalmiya and Uttar Pradesh's Yudhvir Singh.
The 30-year-old, who has been captaining Middlesex this season, couldn't play their Championship Group Two game on Sunday after being forced into isolation following a positive test result.
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