Punjab batting coach Wasim Jaffer has stepped down from his job, a day ahead of the mega auction in Bengaluru. Jaffer was appointed by the franchise in December 2019 as batting coach In these two years, he worked with the likes of Anil Kumble (head coach), Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach), and Damien Wright (bowling coach).
In July last year, the former India Test opening batter was signed by Odisha as the head coach of the team. He replaced Rashmi Parida, who was working with the team from November 2020. It is believed that Jaffer wants to fully focus on the Odisha team thus resigned from his post.
In his farewell post on Twitter, he thanked the franchise and wished Kumble the best for the upcoming season.
â€œAdios, and thank you @PunjabKingsIPL, itâ€™s been a pleasure. Wishing @anilkumble1074 and the team very best for #IPL2022,â€³ the Mumbai-born player Tweeted.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 10, 2022
Meanwhile, Punjab skipper for two seasons (2020 and 2021), KL Rahul has been signed by new entrant Lucknow ahead of the auction. In both seasons, Rahul was the highest run-getter for the team. In fact, he won the Orange Cap in 2020 while he was the third-highest run-getter in the tournament last year, behind Orange Cap winner Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis. Apart from him, Lucknow also signed leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who had a successful stint with the team in the last two seasons. Meanwhile, Punjab retained Mayank Agarwal for INR 14 crores. The team will enter the auction with a purse of INR 72 crores.