Bengaluru: Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 players’ auction, former India batsman Wasim Jaffer has been appointed as the batting coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

In Kolkata, IPL 2020 auction will place today (December 19). KXIP made announcement on its website that Jaffer will be their batting coach and South African great Jonty Rhodes the fielding coach.

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Ahead of the season, KXIP had appointed former India captain Anil Kumble as their head coach. Andre Leipus is the physio while Adrian le Roux is the strength and conditioning coach.

The 41-year-old Jaffer, who had played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the inaugural edition (2008) of IPL, recently completed playing 150 Ranji Trophy games. The domestic great is the first cricketer to play 150 Ranji Trophy matches. Currently, he plays for Vidarbha. He played 31 Tests and two ODIs for India. He has scored over 19,000 first-class runs.

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“I’m thankful to (Anil) Kumble. He’s the one who approached me. It was an honour to play under him for India. I’ve got so much to learn from him. Though I’m currently coaching in Bangladesh (he’s the batting coach at the Bangladesh Cricket Board academy), this is obviously a good opportunity, and I’m looking forward to this experience,” Jaffer told The Times of India.