IPL 2017 news March 10, 2017

Maxwell named Kings XI Punjab captain

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Quick Facts - Maxwell to be Kings XI Punjab's 10th IPL captain

Glenn Maxwell has been named Kings XI Punjab captain for the tenth season of the IPL, which starts on April 5. The Australian allrounder takes over the role from M Vijay, who was appointed captain midway through the last season. Kings XI had dropped David Miller as captain in favour of Vijay after the side had lost five of their first six games in 2016.

The move did not stop Kings XI from finishing last for the second successive season. Maxwell has never captained in the 338 matches he has played across formats and has been picked for the role ahead of Eoin Morgan, who led England to the World T20 final in 2016, and Darren Sammy, who captained West Indies to two T20 World Cup titles.

Maxwell has had an underwhelming last two seasons in the IPL, managing 324 runs in 22 matches with only two fifties. In 2014, though, he had played a pivotal role - racking up 552 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 187.75 - in Kings XI's run to their maiden final.

In addition to a new captain, Kings XI will have a new second home this season, with Indore's Holkar Stadium set to host three matches: on April 8 (v Rising Pune Supergiant), April 10 (v Royal Challengers Bangalore) and April 20 (v Mumbai Indians). The Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali will stage the rest of Kings XI's home matches.

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  • rajeev9986700 on March 20, 2017, 3:39 GMT

    Maxwell as a player is good but as a human being is disgrace. His behaviour in Ranchi test showed the disgraceful side of Maxwell. Indians should not accept him as their Captain. Such person cannot lead the team by example. I have been his fan but I feel cheated by his attitude mocking a players injury.

  • rajeev9986700 on March 19, 2017, 22:28 GMT

    After seeing the shameful behaviour of Maxwell mocking Virat Kohli injury I appeal to Kings XI management to sack him as player and Captain. No player has a right to mock somebody injury. Phil Hughes died on cricket field should any player mock his death. Sledging is acceptable but mocking injuries of players only shows poor background and poor understanding of the game. Shame shame Maxwell. Indian team players Vijay and Saha must object to Kings XI team management.

  •   cricfan9149619077 on March 15, 2017, 20:42 GMT

    I consider it a good decision... I would like Maxwell to open and play freely .. My xi would be Maxwell (c) Vijay Saha Morgan Miller Stoinis Mann A. Patel Natrajan Mohit sharma Aaron/s.sharma

  • sathis6970140 on March 15, 2017, 13:31 GMT

    Interesting move! With Morgan leaving the side in the middle and Sammy poor form they have not much choice but to go for a player who makes it in all matches... Definitely a better choice compared to M Vijay

  • binu on March 15, 2017, 6:27 GMT

    Vijay Vohra Saha Morgan Millar Maxwel Stoins Rahul Tewatia,Axar Patel,Sandeep Sharma V Aron

  • crick06227652 on March 14, 2017, 19:30 GMT

    The team should go: 01:Vijay. 02:Matin Guptil 03:Vohra 4:Morgan/Miller(vice captain) 05: Maxwell 06: Saha(wk) 07:Darren Sammy(capt) 08:Patel 09:Sandeep 10:Aaron 11:Mohit

  • crick06227652 on March 14, 2017, 19:25 GMT

    Bad choice maxwell should play in the squad however he has captained in over 300 matches in any format.You have already got options for english captain morgan and also westindian/peshawar zalmi(psl champs)

  • sathis6970140 on March 14, 2017, 15:59 GMT

    Sammy, Morgan good option since they can handle both game as well as captaincy. Maxwell is already out of form and this is going to be added pressure. However I'm gonna support Kings XI more for young Indian players like tewatia, natarajan and gurkeerat etc.,

  • Lalith on March 12, 2017, 8:43 GMT

    Confirmed Kings will finish last.

  • binu on March 12, 2017, 5:48 GMT

    @CRICINFOUSER Rahul Tewatia is that spinner you are looking for.He is in great form with bat and ball

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