We might not have big stars but we are a balance side: Gilchrist

Mohali: Adam Gilchrist, Kings XI Punjab captain-cum-coach said on Monday that his team might not have big names but overall they are a very balanced side for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning Wednesday.

"We necessarily don't have a big list of names that match up with some other franchises, but we have a balanced squad. We are playing competitive cricket. I don't think there is any secret tactic that will guarantee victory," Gilchrist said at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here.

Asked about his role, Gilchrist said, "Obviously it is an additional role of being captain-cum-coach or you can call me by whatever name you like, by name of job description. But it is going to be a combined coaching effort."

Gilchrist said the bucks stops with him. "Good or poor results, the responsibility will be on me," he said.

Gilchrist said the presence of Joe Dawes, the newly appointed Indian bowling coach, and fielding coach Mike Young will boost the team. Former India opener Vikram Rathore will be the assistant coach.

"He (Dawes) is a terrific operator while Vikram's presence and his knowledge about domestic players makes our squad a balanced unit, with new additions to our team lending depth in areas (where the team may have lacked earlier)," he said.

Gilchirst hoped this time there will be renewed interest in the IPL.

"I believe last year overall rating plateau or dropped a bit in the backdrop of India winning the World Cup. But I feel cricket-passionate nation as India is, there should be support this year. I am expecting it (IPL 5) to be evenly fought," he said.

Dawes was confident of an improved show by the Kings XI.

"I am delighted to be a part of Kings XI Punjab as it is a young and enthusiastic team with some of the best players on its side. I am very confident about team's performance in IPL 5 and am looking forward to a great season of cricketing tournament," said Dawes.

Gilchrist said the availability of English pacer Stuart Broad, who was ruled out of the series in Sri Lanka, will be known by Tuesday.

"According to original plan, he was supposed to join us on April 8, but keeping in view his calf strain, we will have an update on his condition tonight as he was expected to undergo a scan today," he said. (IANS)