India international Mayank Agarwal will lead Punjab Kings in IPL 2022. Mayank has been with the Punjab Kings since 2018 and briefly captained the team last season.
“II take a lot of pride in representing this fantastic unit. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the team. I take over this responsibility with utmost sincerity, but at the same time, I believe my job would be made easier with the talent we have at the Punjab Kings squad this season,” Mayank said in a statement released by the Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble said, “Mayank has been an integral part of the side since 2018 and of the leadership group for the last two years. The new squad we selected at the recently concluded auction has exciting young talent and outstanding experienced players.
“We want to create a strong foundation for the future with Mayank at the helm. He is hardworking, enthusiastic, a team player with all the attributes required of a leader.”
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Mayank and left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh were retained by the franchise ahead of the 2022 IPL mega auction in Bengaluru. Arshdeep cost Punjab Rs 4 crore of its purse because he is an uncapped player.
Punjab, which changed its name – earlier known as Kings XI – ahead of the 2021 IPL, has reached the final only once.
The IPL 2022 will begin on March 26, with the final set to be played on May 29. The league phase will be played in Mumbai and Pune across four venues – the Wankhede Stadium and Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai, and the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Gahunje, in the outskirts of Pune. The league stage will have 70 matches.