New Delhi, Jan 23: Former India opener Virender Sehwag on Monday confirmed his appointment as the head of cricket operations and strategy for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, for IPL 2017.Sehwag, who was named the mentor of the team in 2016, will continue that role along with being the brand ambassador of the franchise as well. "Yes, It s an honour for me to head the cricket operations and strategy of the Kings XI team. We have a bunch of talented youngsters in the squad with whom I can share my knowledge," Sehwag told IANS here.KXIP also released a statement confirming the news: "With Viru s vast knowledge and expertise, it is a matter of great pride for Kings XI Punjab to have him mentor the squad this season.""We are absolutely confident that his experience and ability will add great value to the franchise and wish him the best in his new role."The 10th edition of the IPL will be played from April 3 to May 26.