Former India player Sanjay Bangar was Thursday named the India’s head coach for the team’s upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, the cricket board said. Sanjay Bangar, who is currently the head coach of Indian Premier League side Kings XI Punjab, will accompany a largely inexperienced squad led by ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India are slated to play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches starting June 11 in Harare. Sanjay Bangar will be joined by Abhay Sharma as India’s fielding coach for the tour. His has worked with the India Under-19 and A teams.
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said in a statement, “Sanjay Bangar has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming tour to Zimbabwe, comprising three One-Day International matches and three T20 international matches to be played in Harare.”
“Abhay Sharma has been appointed as the fielding coach of the team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed Koka Ramesh, a former cricketer and Zonal Secretary of the Andhra Cricket Association, as the Administrative Manager of the Indian team for the tour to Zimbabwe.”
The selectors had named a largely inexperienced squad for the tour, which will be led by MS Dhoni, the only big name in the indian team squad. The BCCI release announcing the staff appointments did not name a bowling coach for the tour. Koka Ramesh, a former zonal secretary of the Andhra Cricket Association, was named administrative team manager for the tour.
Sanjay Bangar has worked with Team India as assistant coach since August 2014.
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