Zimbabwe hire Rajput as interim coach

Lalchand Rajput appointed Zimbabwe interim head coach India cricket

Lalchand Rajput (left) has been named Zimbabwe’s head coach on an interim basis

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Zimbabwe have appointed former Afghanistan coach and ex-India batsman Lalchand Rajput as their interim head coach.

Rajput will fill the void left by Heath Streak, who was sacked by Zimbabwe Cricket, along with captain Graeme Cremer, batting coach Lance Klusener, bowling coach Douglas Hondo, fielding coach Walter Chawaguta, fitness coach Sean Bell and team analyst Stanley Chioza.

Zimbabwe A coach Wayne James, Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo and convener of selectors Tatenda Taibu also suffered the same fate.

In addition to being Afghanistan’s head coach in the past, Rajput was also India’s team manager when they triumphed at the 2007 World Twenty20. He also coached the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008.

“ZC has named Lalchand Rajput as Zimbabwe’s interim head coach,” Zimbabwe Cricket said on their Twitter account. “The 56-year-old former India cricketer is a highly qualified, vastly experienced and well-respected coach who was in charge when India won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007. We wish you all the best!”

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