Andy Flower has quit as the Punjab Kings’ assistant coach ahead of the Indian Premier League’s 2022 season (IPL). Flower, a former Zimbabwe captain, had signed with Punjab for his first season in the IPL in 2020. According to PTI, the 53-year-old, who is widely considered as Zimbabwe’s greatest ever player, has resigned from the team and is now likely to play a larger role in one of the two new teams. In the 2022 season, two additional teams will represent the cities of Lucknow and Ahmedabad. KL Rahul, the Punjab Kings’ captain for the past two seasons, has previously decided not to stay with the squad. Rahul is slated to lead the new Lucknow franchise as captain.

Flower’s future as head coach of CPL side Saint Lucia Kings, which is owned by the same consortium as Punjab Kings, remains to be seen. In the seasons 2020 and 2021, Saint Lucia finished second. He was England’s head coach for half a decade and guided them to the T20 World Cup championship in 2010 and the number one slot in the Test rankings during his stay with the team.

Last season, Wasim Jaffer was the batting coach and Jonty Rhodes was the fielding coach for Punjab. Only two players have been retained by Punjab ahead of the January blockbuster auction: Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh. At the auction, they’ll be looking for a group of young people as well as some well-known celebrities. Ness Wadia, co-owner of the Punjab Kings (PBKS), revealed that the franchise wanted to keep KL Rahul without a doubt, but the 29-year-old chose to return to the auction pool. He further stated that if another franchise approached him before PBKS released him, it would be in violation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s norms (BCCI). Ravindra Jadeja received a one-year suspension in 2010 after attempting to negotiate a deal with another organization while still a member of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) setup.