NEW DELHI: To bolster their spin bowling department, the Punjab Kings have brought in former Indian left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi as their spin bowling coach ahead of the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
“We are delighted to announce that former Indian left arm spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed as the Punjab Kings Spin Bowling Coach,” the franchise said on its Twitter account.

Joshi was most recently a member of the Indian Senior Men’s Selection Committee, of which he was initially the chairman in March 2020, before Chetan Sharma replaced him on the five-member panel. He was on the committee until a new panel was appointed by BCCI in January 2023.
Joshi represented India in 15 Tests and 69 ODIs from 1996 to 2001, picking 41 and 69 wickets respectively. He also represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as a player in the 2008 and 2009 IPL seasons.
As a coach, Joshi coached the senior men’s teams of Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir and Assam into the Ranji Trophy. He had also previously worked as a spin bowling coach for the men’s teams of Oman, Bangladesh and the United States of America.
Earlier, in November 2022, Punjab signed former Indian flyhalf Wasim Jaffer as batting coach and former South African fast bowler Charl Langeveldt as bowling coach. They also brought in former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin as an assistant coach.
In September 2022, they appointed 2019 ODI World Cup-winning England manager Trevor Bayliss as their head coach, after former India head coach Anil Kumble’s contract was not renewed.
Punjab also made veteran left-handed fly-half Shikhar Dhawan the team captain during IPL 2023 after releasing their 2022 season skipper Mayank Agarwal, who was chosen by Sunrisers Hyderabad at a players auction in Kochi in December last year.
IPL 2014 runners-up Punjab finished sixth in the ten-team IPL 2022 points table and missed the playoffs despite having an ultra-attacking batting line-up.
(With IANS entries)

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