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Amidst the recruitments across the world for head coaches of International Cricket Teams, Mike Hesson, who is one of the top coaches available in the world has parted ways with Kings XI Punjab. He is in contention for head coach role for Indian National Cricket Team and also for the Pakistan team.
The former New Zealand coach took over from Brad Hodge in October last year, after Kings XI failed to make the IPL 2018 Playoffs. Even though he had signed a two-year contract with the franchise, which finished sixth in this year’s edition, the 44-year old will be leaving the role midway.
I enjoyed my time – Mike Hesson
The head coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Mike Hesson took to Twitter to confirm that he has parted ways with the Indian Premier League franchise. He gave his best wishes to the franchise and felt disappointed for not letting the work to take forward in the upcoming season.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Kings XI franchise. I wish to thank them for the season I had in charge,” Hesson tweeted on Thursday. Whilst disappointed not to be able to build on the work we did this year, I’m sure success isn’t too far away for them. I wish them all the best for the future,” he added.
— Mike Hesson ONZM (@CoachHesson) August 7, 2019
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had invited applications for the head coach’s job last month, the deadline for which ended on July 30. Hesson was among one of the many applicants for the job but Stuff.co.nz reports that Hesson might be one of the three short-listed candidates for the interviews set to take place next week on August 13 or 14.
A three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) featuring former India cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will interview the short-listed candidates and pick the next coach for Indian men’s senior team.
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Current head coach Ravi Shastri wants to continue in his position and is favoured to retain his spot, while Hesson and former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody were among two high profile foreign applicants.