The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to bring a different support staff in the forthcoming New Zealand tour.
Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to bring a different support staff in the forthcoming New Zealand tour. The cricket board has taken this decision after the debacle in the semifinal against England in the T20 World cup by 10 wickets.
Head coach Rahul Dravid’s support staff has been given some rest after the T20 World Cup. His place will be taken by VVS Laxman as the head coach of the touring team beginning on November 18. Indian will face the Black Caps in three T20s and as many ODIs.
Several other National Cricket Academy (NCA) staff has been given opportunities in different roles as support staff for the New Zealand tour. Munish Bali will be the new fielding coach for India’s limited overs tour of New Zealand, and he will be part of the support staff headed by VVS Laxman. Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Sairaj Bahutule have been appointed as the batting and bowling coaches, respectively.
All three coaches who are heading to New Zealand are based at the National Cricket Academy, which is headed by Laxman.
This is not the first assignment for Bali as the fielding coach; he was with the India squad in Ireland and England earlier this year. He was also attached to the Indian team for the home series against South Africa.
“All three will assist Laxman on the New Zealand tour,” said a BCCI official.