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An ideal oppournity for young players in Zimbabwe tour: Sanjay Bangar

The interim head coach Sanjay Bangar said that it will an ideal chance for young Indian players to prove their mettle in international cricket against Zimbabwe. India will play 3 ODI and 3 T20 matches starting from 11th June. Bangar was named the coach for the team last month.

“I am very excited and I would like to thank the BCCI for this huge honour. This is a very important tour for the young players. It provides them an ideal opportunity to test themselves in international waters. It is the start of a new season and it gives them an opportunity to make a mark and keep knocking at the doors of the Indian team,” Bangar was quoted as saying by ‘bcci.tv’.

India last toured Zimbabwe in 2013 and 2015, both times they had whitewashed hosts. India will be going into the series with a lot of young players. The team will be lead by experienced captain MS Dhoni.

“Among the few things that are important when we land in Zimbabwe is being aware of the individual strengths, the position that they play in, what we expect from them and then fit them in the scheme of things as far as the team composition is concerned,” Bangar said.

“We have a fair idea of what they are capable of and how we can optimise their strengths into the composition of the team. Not many of them would have played in Zimbabwe and getting used to the conditions in such a short period would be a major challenge.
“The conditions too are a bit challenging as compared to the other parts of the world. We don’t really have a lot of time there and we play our (first) match straightaway. Passing on the information and experiences that we have had from the previous tour would be vital. We have to make sure that the players are very well prepared and equipped to counter the challenges.”

KL Rahul, Chahal, Karun Nair, Faiz Faizal, Jayant Yadav, are all going to make their international debuts in Zimbabwe . It is going to be a challenge for these youngsters and hope that these youngsters can perform well.

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Reports: Ravi Shastri ready to coach India again

Former Team India Director Ravi Shastri all set to re-apply for the Indian cricket team’s coaching job as soon as BCCI advertises national coaching positions. His support staffs Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar are also gearing up for the top job.

However, only two days ago Sanjay Bangar has been appointed as the interim head coach of the Indian team for the upcoming limited-overs series in Zimbabwe. Bangar, the ex-India and Railways allrounder, had been part of the Indian team as assistant coach till the World T20.

A senior BCCI official has also revealed that Shastri, batting coach Bangar, bowling coach Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are ready to send their applications.

“All the three coaches (Arun, Bangar, Sridhar) along with Shastri are applying as they have got positive feelers from the top brass of the BCCI. Since there will be a format of application that each applicant will have to follow, they are waiting for the advertisement to be published,” a senior BCCI official informed PTI on the condition of anonymity.

The BCCI source has claimed, a few days ahead of Anurag Thakur’s elected as the new board President, the support staff had a brief meeting with him in Delhi and the discussions were believed to be quite positive as Anurag was impressed with  their work.

“The BCCI president had made it clear that anyone with proper credentials can apply. Also, Thakur has praised the work done by ‘Team Shastri’ in the last 18 months. The young team has enjoyed a fair bit of success overseas. It is only fair that they get an equal chance like other applicants,” further said the source.

Recently Ravi Shastri in an interview informed that the “18 months spent with the current team was the most memorable experience”.

When asked about what will be the criteria, the source said that candidates will be judged on two counts.

“A Level-III degree with considerable experience of coaching senior teams, preferably international sides or someone who has at least played minimum 50 international matches for his country. This is because if we only invite people with coaching degrees, then there will be a lot of unnecessary applications.

“Also someone like Shastri cannot be considered if coaching degree is only consideration whereas he has played 80 Tests for India,” revealed the source.

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Sanjay Bangar named India coach for Zimbabwe tour

Sanjay Bangar has been appointed India’s head coach for the team’s tour to Zimbabwe. The former India and Railways all-rounder had worked with the team as assistant coach till their previous international assignment, the World T20 in March and April this year, under team director Ravi Shastri. A source from BCCI said that.

Besides that, Abhay Sharma, who has most recently worked with the India Under-19 and A teams, was named fielding coach for the tour.

India play three T20s and three ODIs in Zimbabwe, starting on June 11. The selectors had named a largely inexperienced squad for the tour, which will be led by MS Dhoni, the only big name in the Squad.

IPL: Punjab coach Bangar denies any threat from co-owner Preity Zinta
IPL: Punjab coach Bangar denies any threat from co-owner Preity Zinta
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IPL: Punjab coach Bangar denies any threat from co-owner Preity Zinta

New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar reacted strongly to a media report which claimed that the team’s co-owner Preity Zinta threatened to sack him after the one-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League game on Monday, and termed it as “fabricated”.

Barely an hour after Preity lashed out at the report on her Facebook page, denying any such incident after the match, Bangar also took to the social networking site to deny the report.

“After our one-run defeat against RCB, there was the usual post-match discussion on the match with Kings XI owners. Some reports in the media have blown the issue totally out of proportion by fabricating a nonexistent chain of events..lose by close margin hurts but the team has been playing good cricket,” Bangar wrote.

“No reported abusive or disrespectful language was against me. Kings XI will continue to fight for its survival in the tournament,” the former India all-rounder further stated.

Earlier, a Mumbai-based daily published a news report accusing Preity of abusing Bangar after the match.

“I most definitely did not be disrespectful to our coach nor abuse anyone and definitely did not use the four letter word. Sanjay and I both have denied this story still it gets printed. I am fed up of this nonsense and negativity,” the Bollywood actress wrote on her Facebook page.

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