Punjab Kings appoint Damien Wright as bowling coach for IPL 2021

Written by Abhishek Patil

Indian Premier League team Punjab Kings have appointed former Australian first-class cricketer Damien Wright as their bowling coach for the upcoming season of the cash-rich tournament.

Fast bowler Damien Wright played 123 first-class matches in which he picked 406 wickets at an average of 28.62. He turned to coaching after his playing career which ended lasted from 1998 to 2011.

Wright was the head coach of Bangladesh U-19 team and will help support the Punjab Kings squad under the guidance of head coach and Director of Cricket Operations, Anil Kumble.

β€œI am delighted to come on board as bowling coach for Punjab Kings. The team looks great and there is tremendous potential in this squad and I look forward to working alongside an amazing support staff team this season of the IPL,” Wright said.

Wright has worked with Australian Big Bash League sides Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Stars and also served as the bowling coach of New Zealand team.

Besides Wright and Kumble, Punjab Kings support staff includes assistant coach Andy Flower, batting coach Wasim Jaffer and fielding coach Jonty Rhodes.

β€œHe brings in a great deal of experience and will definitely help strengthen our team. We look forward to working with him this edition of the IPL,” Kumble said.

Punjab Kings, led by KL Rahul, are scheduled to start their IPL campaign against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai on April 12.

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