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India appoint Sanjay Bangar as coach for Zimbabwe tour

India appoint Sanjay Bangar as coach for Zimbabwe tour
Sanjay Bangar has worked as the batting coach of Indian team since August 2014.
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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced former Indian all-rounder Sanjay Bangar as the coach of the national team for the tour of Zimbabwe in June.

Bangar has been closely working with the Indian batsmen since he was appointed as the batting coach in August 2014 along with R Sridhar and Bharat Arun, who took the roles of fielding and bowling coaches respectively under team director Ravi Shastri.

However, after their contracts expired following the ICC World Twenty20, the BCCI is looking to appoint a full-time coach and has established a deadline of 10th June for interested candidates to apply for the job.

The 43-year-old also was also appointed as head coach of the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the Indian Premier League and had immediate success after his team went on to reach the final in 2014. Bangar also has experience of working with the India A team.

Former Delhi and Railways wicket-keeper batsman Abhay Sharma has been picked as the fielding coach of the side while there was no bowling coach named by the BCCI.

Sharma’s recent work included a stint with the India Under-19 and the India A teams as well as working with the Rest of India side in a victorious campaign in the 2016 Irani Cup.

The former zonal secretary of the Andhra Cricket Association Koka Ramesh was named as the team manager for the tour.

The Indian selectors have opted to pick a relatively inexperienced squad for the limited overs tour of Zimbabwe which begins on 11th June.

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