IPL Buzz: Mike Hesson steps down as Kings XI Punjab coach


Mike Hesson has stepped down from his position as Kings XI Punjab’s head coach. He is believed to be in the running for the Indian head coach job. Hesson took charge of the IPL franchise in only one season. The team finished in the sixth spot and failed to make playoffs.

Hesson confirmed the news on his Twitter account with a statement:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Kings XI franchise and wish to thank them for the season I had in charge. Whilst disappointed not to be able to build up 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.”

It is believed that Hesson is one of the candidates who have applied for the position of the Indian team’s head coach. The tenure of the current coaching staff will end after the West Indies tour after they were handed a 45-day extension. A number of candidates have applied but Ravi Shastri still remains the favourite to retain his position.

Hesson could also be in running for the Pakistan job after the PCB decided not to extend Mickey Arthur’s tenure. Another option for Hesson could be the soon to be vacant England job. Head coach Trevor Bayliss will step down after the ongoing Ashes, in order to take charge of Sunrisers Hyderabad.