George Bailey © Getty Images
George Bailey (above) will be the second Australian to lead Kings XI Punjab after Adam Gilchrist © Getty Images


Mar 17, 2014


Australia’s Twenty20 captain George Bailey was on Monday named the skipper of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming seventh edition of the tournament.


With this appointment, Bailey became the second Australian to lead the IPL franchise after Adam Gilchrist.


“He was the unanimous choice. He has got success as a leader in the domestic tournaments like Sheffield Shield in Australia,” Kings XI Punjab’s coach Sanjay Bangar was quoted as saying by the Cricket Australia’s (CA) website.


“He had also lead Australia in the Twenty20 format. And then the overall type of character he is, who can understand a range of players from the bigger names to ones that have limited ability. We are confident he has the ability to bring out the best from everyone.


“We required a player with past leadership experience. The second and crucial aspect was to have a player who was guaranteed a place in the team for all matches,” Bangar added.


Bangar said the presence of experienced campaigners like Virender Sehwag is a benefit to the side.


“Within that group we would definitely like to utilise the experience of senior guys like Viru [Virender Sehwag], who are bound to perform the role of mentors. But on the field Bailey will be the captain.”


Bailey was played only four matches in the IPL. He was associated with the Chennai Super Kings since 2010, and was released by them in 2012.