According to reports from ANI, the BCCI is considering Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipathy Balaji for the position of bowling coach for the Indian men’s cricket team, while dismissing Vinay Kumar’s candidacy.

The BCCI confirmed Gautam Gambhir as the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team on Tuesday, July 9, replacing Rahul Dravid whose contract ended last month. Along with Dravid, the contracts of batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip also concluded.

Gambhir, who will lead the team until December 2027, plans to bring his own coaching staff. Reports suggested he wanted Abhishek Nayar as the batting coach and R Vinay Kumar as the bowling coach.

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However, according to ANI, the BCCI is not considering Vinay Kumar for the bowling coach role and is instead discussing former India pacers Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipathy Balaji for the position.

“BCCI discussing the names of Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipati Balaji for the position of bowling coach. BCCI is not interested in the name of Vinay Kumar,” a source was quoted as saying by ANI.

Zaheer Khan, who has taken 311 Test wickets in 92 matches and 610 wickets in 309 international games, is regarded as one of the greatest left-arm pacers in cricket. Lakshmipathy Balaji has played eight Tests, taking 27 wickets, and 30 ODIs, securing 34 wickets.

According to an earlier report by Dainik Jagran, T Dilip was expected to continue as the fielding coach, while Abhishek Nayar was likely to be appointed as the batting coach. However, Vinay Kumar’s role remained uncertain. The BCCI has not made an official announcement yet but is expected to do so soon.

Gautam Gambhir will begin his tenure as head coach during India’s tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI and T20I series starting July 27, 2024. Meanwhile, a younger Indian squad, coached by VVS Laxman, is currently playing a five-match T20I series against Zimbabwe in Harare.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2024

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