Ryan Harris has previously plied his trade for Kings XI Punjab. @ Getty Images
Ryan Harris has previously plied his trade for Kings XI Punjab. @ Getty Images

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday announced former Australia pacer Ryan Harris as their new bowling coach. Harris fills in the position left vacant by ex-India pacer Venkatesh Prasad, who was appointed for the 2018 edition.

KXIP, who finished seventh this year, have made wholesome changes ahead of the 2019 edition with as many as 11 players (nine Indians, two overseas) released from their contracts. During the transfer season, KXIP traded Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

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Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, who was appointed coach replacing the incumbent Brad Hodge has now brought his own team to gear up for the IPL Auction which will be held at Jaipur on December 18. Former New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan has been roped in as the fielding coach while Sridharan Sriram and Prasanna Raman have been appointed the fielding coach and high-performance coach respectively. Brett Harrop will be the physio.

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“Having quality coaches like Harris and McMillan will be a great asset to the team. They have both performed as players on the big stage and have made the transition into quality coaches. They will be excellent additions to the coaching team,” coach Hesson said on the new appointments.