IPL 2024 – Sanjay Bangar appointed head of cricket development at Punjab Kings

Former India allrounder Sanjay Bangar has joined Punjab Kings as the head of cricket development. This will be his second stint with the franchise, having worked earlier as assistant coach (2014) and head coach (2015 and 2016).

“It’s my privilege to be with the Punjab Kings again,” Bangar said in a media release. “We have a good core of players as evidenced by the fact that we have the lowest number of player releases this year. The challenge is to give the squad the best support possible during and after the season to make the team stronger and deliver success.”

Bangar will work in tandem with head coach Trevor Bayliss. Among his first challenges upon rejoining will be to pick reinforcements at the IPL auction to be held in Dubai on December 19.

Bangar’s most-recent IPL stint prior to rejoining the Kings was with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Having joined as batting consultant in 2021, he took over as head coach for the next two seasons, and worked in tandem with director of cricket Mike Hesson. Under Bangar, Royal Challengers made the playoffs for two out of the three seasons he was in charge.

Bangar has over a decade’s experience as a coach, including two stints with the Indian team as a batting coach. Bangar’s first stint with Kings in 2014 was arguably the team’s best-ever season, where they finished runners-up to Kolkata Knight Riders. The next two seasons weren’t as fruitful, with the side finishing at the bottom.

Ahead of the auction for IPL 2024, Kings released only five players, including Tamil Nadu finisher Shahrukh Khan, which freed them of INR 9 crore. They have a purse of INR 29.1 crore for the auction.

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