VVS Laxman will be the head coach in Zimbabwe: Jay Shah

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12 Aug 2022 | 03:40 PM
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VVS Laxman will be the head coach in Zimbabwe: Jay Shah

With Rahul Dravid busy preparing for the Asia Cup, VVS Laxman will be the coach of the Indian side in Zimbabwe

Former Indian batter and the current head of the National Cricket Academy, VVS Laxman, will be India's Head coach for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe since there is only a short turnaround time between the series and the Asia Cup starting on August 27 in the United Arab Emirates.

"Yes, VVS Laxman will be in charge of the Indian team in Zimbabwe for the three-match ODI series. It's not like Rahul Dravid is taking a break. The ODI series in Zimbabwe finishes on August 22, and Dravid, along with the Indian team, will reach the UAE on August 23. Since there is a little gap between the two events, Laxman will be in charge of the Indian squad in Zimbabwe," BCCI secretary Shah told PTI on Friday.

"Since only KL and Hooda are there with the ODI squad in Zimbabwe, it was only logical that the head coach would be with the T20 squad," he further added. 

The three ODIs in Zimbabwe will be played in Harare on August 18, 20 and 22.

The convention in BCCI has been that the Head of NCA has always monitored the second string or the A teams; hence Laxman will be with the Indian squad when the first team is on assignment elsewhere

When the Indian team was in the UK in June-July, Laxman was with the T20 squad in Ireland when Dravid was with the Test squad in England.

KL Rahul is making a comeback to the national squad after recuperating from sports hernia surgery.

He was initially not supposed to be a part of the Zimbabwe squad, but since the medical team has deemed him fit, he is going to be with the team for the three ODIs, which will be good practice for him ahead of the big ticket Asia Cup.

(With inputs from PTI)

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