Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey is one of the shortlisted candidates on the list of Kings XI Punjab, who will finalise their head coach for the upcoming season of the league next year, a report in Mumbai Mirror suggests.
Andy Flower, Darren Lehmann and George Bailey are three other shortlisted candidates on KXIP’s management list.
Staring from Hussey, the Australia legend had joined Chennai Super Kings as batting coach prior to the start of IPL 2018. He continues to hold the role under the leadership of head coach, Stephen Fleming. Should he join KXIP, Hussey will be promoted to the rank of head coach from batting coach.
Though it is unlikely that he will leave his role at CSK. The Chennai-based franchise has the tendency to stick to the coaches for long, unlike KXIP. Fleming has been part of CSK’s set-up since the inception of IPL – as a player and as a coach.
Flower, another high-profile name on the list, served as England’s head coach for five years. Under him, England touched highs and also saw lows. After England’s abysmal show in Ashes 2013/14, where they lost to Australia 5-0, Flower stepped down from his role.
The former Zimbabwe captain has never coached a team in IPL.
Lehmann, the former KXIP player, has also been part of their set-up. He held the position of Australia’s head coach for nearly five years. Lehmann’s stint was to come to an end after recently concluded Ashes 2019 but he stepped down last year in wake of the ball-tampering scandal that took place in March 2018 on Australia’s tour of South Africa.
Lehmann has also coached Deccan Charges. They won the second edition of the T20 league in 2009.
The last name on the list is that of Bailey, who captain Australia on his T20I debut (against India in 2012). He hasn’t retired from the game yet and is playing the ongoing Marsh Cup for Tasmania.
He was in the fray to make his Test comeback last year after the ball-tampering scandal but the call didn’t come.
Should Bailey be selected as the head coach of KXIP, he might take a call on his playing career.