Lalchand Rajput appointed Zimbabwe's new head coach
Former Indian cricketer and manager Lalchand Rajput has been appointed Zimbabwe's head coach. Rajput was earlier chosen as the country's interim coach for the tri-series against Pakistan and Australia. Zimbabwe Cricket confirmed the news on Friday. He has been handed a three-year-term, which can be renewed yearly. Both the board and the coach will hope for a long-term association.
Here's the official announcement
@ZimCricketv is thrilled to announce Lalchand Rajput has been appointed as the substantive head coach of our men’s national team. The former @BCCI international is a respected and successful coach reputed for his passion, hard work and intimate knowledge of the game #AllTheBest pic.twitter.com/nT3Tpt1NbZ— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) August 24, 2018
Can Rajput take Zimbabwe to greater heights?
The major task for Rajput will be to get this Zimbabwe side perform to their abilities. The experienced campaigner was earlier the coach of Afghanistan and was praised for the contributions he made. If he can deliver similar results for Zimbabwe, we can expect the African nation to give a better account of themselves.
Rajput's background and journey
Rajput was appointed the Indian team manager in 2007. Under his guidance, Dhoni-led India won the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup as well as the ODI series in Australia. Before managing Afghanistan in 2016, he coached Assam in domestic cricket. During his career, Rajput played two Tests and four ODIs for India. He represented Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.