Retired Indian spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed as the head coach of the Assam Ranji Trophy team for the next two editions.

A left-arm orthodox bowler, Sunil Joshi last represented India in 2000 in Tests and played his last One-day International (ODI) in 2001.

Joshi, who plied his trade for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, will replace statemate Sanath Kumar. He has previously coached Jammu & Kashmir and Hyderabad. Joshi also worked as a spin coach with Oman national team for the 2016 World T20.

“Assam proved that they are one of the tough teams by progressing to the Ranji Trophy semifinals last season. They have a great bowling unit while the batsmen need to contribute enough to complement their bowlers. My aim is to help them continue the good work,” said Joshi.

As the upcoming season of Ranji Trophy is going to be played at neutral venues, Joshi said that the latest format will help players improve their skills.

“When players are exposed to unfamiliar conditions they will look to improve their overall skills to excel in challenging conditions. It is one of the best initiatives by BCCI but they should persist with it for a minimum of three years to get results.” Joshi finished a stellar domestic career with a record 489 first-class wickets.

Sunil Joshi, who made his debut for the national team in 1996, has represented India in 15 Test matches and 69 ODIs. He took 41 wickets in Tests and 69 in the ODIs and scored 352 runs and 584 runs in Tests and ODIs respectively.

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