Ex-Indian all-rounder Sanjay Bangar has taken on the role of Head of Cricket Development with the Punjab Kings, marking his return to the franchise for a second term. He previously served as the head coach from 2014 to 2016.
Bangar stated in a media release:
“It’s my privilege to be with the Punjab Kings again, 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 is set to collaborate closely with head coach Trevor Bayliss in his new role. One of his initial tasks upon joining will involve selecting additional players at the upcoming IPL auction scheduled for December 19 in Dubai. Prior to his tenure with Kings, Sanjay Bangar served with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Initially brought on board as a batting consultant in 2021, he subsequently assumed the position of head coach for the following two seasons, working alongside director of cricket Mike Hesson. During Bangar’s tenure with Royal Challengers, the team secured playoff berths in two out of the three seasons under his guidance.
Bangar boasts more than ten years of coaching experience, having served two terms as the batting coach for the Indian cricket team. His initial tenure with the Kings in 2014 marked the team’s most successful season, culminating in a runner-up position to the Kolkata Knight Riders. Nevertheless, the subsequent two years saw a decline as they finished at the bottom of the standings. In a recent move, the Kings parted ways with five players, with Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shahrukh Khan being the notable departures. As they approach the upcoming auction, the team has eight vacant slots to fill and a budget of INR 29.1 crore at their disposal.