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Cricket Australia refuses permission to let Darren Lehmann coach Kings XI Punjab in IPL 7

Darren Lehmann has been a popular coach in the IPL circuit after coaching the Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers' team when they won their respective IPL title in 2008 and 2009 © IANS
Darren Lehmann has been a popular coach in the IPL circuit after coaching  Deccan Chargers team when they won their IPL title in 2009 © IANS

Jan 9, 2014

Cricket Australia (CA) has refused permission to let Darren Lehmann coach Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the seventh edition of Indian Premier League.

“In Darren’s role as Australian coach, he will not participate in the IPL,” a CA spokesman was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror. The decision was confirmed when an official from KXIP said, ”He does not have the permission, so we can’t avail his services.”  Lehmann might have to cancel his contract with franchise this season.

The franchisee is likely to go without any replacement and will be banking on bowling coach Joe Dawes to manage the team assisted by Sanjay Bangar. Lehmann was appointed as the coach of KXIP in January 2013 before the start of the sixth edition of the IPL.

KXIP are among the few teams that might start fresh in this edition with their start player Adam Gilchrist retiring. Only David Miller has been a player who impressed and is likely to be retained.

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