Kings XI Punjab appoints former New Zeland coach Mike Hesson for the job of head coach. Hesson replaces Brad Hodge for the 12th season of IPL 2019. Many franchises have taken a bold step considering their poor performance in the last season of IPL. Earlier, RCB removed Daniel Vettori after successive failures in IPL. Hesson has signed the two-year contract with KXIP, where he compliments Punjab mentor Virendra Sehwag for 2019-20 IPL season.
Hesson has recently completed his successful tenure with New Zeland as a head coach. He helped New Zeland to reach the 2015 World Cup final. It is the first instance that he will be coaching in the Cricket League.