Former India opener appointed Zimbabwe Cricket team head coach
After a brief stint as interim coach, former Indian international cricket player Lalchand Rajput has been appointed substantive coach of the Zimbabwe National Cricket team.
The 56-year-old Indian national, has been in charge of Zimbabwe on an interim basis since June, leading the side in a Twenty20 international triangular series with Australia and Pakistan in Harare before facing Pakistan in a five-match one-day international series in Bulawayo.
Rajput says he is already hard at work with the team.
“We have a two months break before the South African tour and we are having a good camp. We are pushing the players, because if you want to compete on the international level, you have to work hard,” he said.
He also said that he is happy that the boys have already responded well.
“We have worked out a weekly schedule where we have two gym sessions, two running sessions, then we have bowling and batting drills so that when we go to South Africa, we are practicing on the short balls, Rajput added.
Delighted to have Rajput appointed, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said it was important to make a clear statement of his board’s intent and ambition by appointing a head coach with an impressive international coaching pedigree.
The first assignments for the new coach, are Zimbabwe’s limited-overs and Test series away to South Africa and Bangladesh scheduled for September and November this year.