Prasad to join Kings XI Punjab as bowling coach?

The former India bowler on Friday quit as the chairman of the national junior selection committee.

The former India medium pacer took the decision to avoid any ‘conflict of interest’ and chose to settle for the IPL offer that is expected to be financially rewarding too.   -  R. Ashok

Venkatesh Prasad looks all set to join Kings XI Punjab as its bowling coach.

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The former India bowler, who quit as the chairman of the national junior selection committee on Friday, is most likely to join the Punjab outfit, which has Virender Sehwag as the mentor and Ravichandran Ashwin as the captain.

Though there is no official word from either side, Sportstar has reliably learnt that Prasad is in final stages of discussions and an announcement could be made by the franchise later next week.

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There were speculations that Prasad — who had also applied for the position of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s General Manager, Cricket Operations, only to be rejected — had differences with the Board officials and that led to his exit. But this publication understands that wasn’t the case.

The former India medium pacer took the decision to avoid any ‘conflict of interest’ and chose to settle for the IPL offer that is expected to be financially rewarding too.

In a bid to turn around its fortunes, Punjab has invested heavily this time by bringing in star players like Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle and David Miller.