Former India batsman Lalchand Rajput appointed head coach of Afghanistan


New Delhi: Lalchand Rajput, former Indian opening batsman, has been roped in by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to replace Inzamam-ul-Haq as the head coach of the national set-up on Saturday (June 25). . He takes over the position vacated by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq in April 2016 and his first assignment is a tour of Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands in July and August.

According to ACB chief executive Shaiqullah Stanikzai, Rajput was chosen ahead of former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and former West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore. The three of them had applied through their agents while Rajput's name was recommended by the BCCI.

"Mr. Rajput, who has coached the Indian Under-19 Cricket side as well as the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL, 54-year-old's experience is a key asset for Afghanistan Cricket," said Nasimullah Danish Chairman of Afghanistan Cricket Board. "Mr. Rajput is technically and professionally strong coach in cricket, I am sure his presence with Afghan national cricket team will benefit the team.

After retiring from the game, Rajput served as the Joint Honorary Secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association. He had a successful stint as the coach of the Under-19 Indian cricket team. Rajput also was the manager of the Indian set-up when they won the inaugural World T20 in South Africa in 2007. Recently, he applied for the post of India coach, but lost out to Anil Kumble. Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif was also in the reckoning for the post, but lost out to Rajput in the final round.