Maxwell to lead Kings XI Punjab in IPL 10


New Delhi: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell today replaced Indian batsman Murali Vijay as Kings XI Punjab captain ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), beginning April 5.

The IPL franchise made the announcement on social media yesterday.

Vijay had replaced South African David Miller as captain midway into the last season. However, that did not change the team’s fortune as it finished last for the second successive season.

The management has preferred Maxwell over the likes of Eoin Morgan, who captained England to the 2016 World T20 final, and Darren Sammy, who led the West Indies to two World T20 titles.

Maxwell, who is currently in India with the Australian Test squad, had a quiet last two IPL seasons by his standards, scoring 324 runs in 22 games.

He, however, was instrumental in taking the team to its maiden IPL final in 2014.

Kings XI will also have a new second home this season where they will play three matches at the Holkar Stadium in Indore while the PCA Stadium in Mohali will stage the remaining home games.