Venkatesh Prasad, Robin Singh to continue as Indian team’s bowling, fielding coaches; Asst Manager Lalchand Rajput to coach Mumbai Indians IPL team
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to continue with Robin Singh as fielding coach and Venkatesh Prasad as bowling coach for the South Africa Test series.
After Gary Kirsten took over as coach of Indian team, speculation mounted that both will be axed. The series starts on March 26.
Assistant coach Lalchand Rajput will not continue — he will now coach Mumbai Indians IPL Twenty20 team.
The BCCI, however, said a final decision on Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh will be taken only after the series ends. No new contracts have been given to them. BCCI was reportedly upset that Robin Singh chose to go along with Hyderabad IPL team rather than his home side – Chennai Super Kings. This had triggered speculation on his continuation.
Venkatesh Prasad would coach IPL Bangalore Royal Challangers team. BCCI has made it clear that they wont be able to take up both responsibilities simultaneously, which means they would have to opt for either of the responsibilities.
Gary Kirsten’s close pal Paddy Upton would be the new physical and mental conditioning coach of the Indian Team. Paul Close would be the physio as of now, but a replacement would be brought in soon.