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My Best Wishes to Sunil Joshi, Harvinder Singh: MSK Prasad

MSK Prasad’s tenure as the chief selector came to an end after Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) selected the new chief selector, Sunil Joshi. In a recent interview, Prasad opened up on his journey while holding the responsible position. He also wished good luck to his successors.

Prasad’s tenure would have ended last year only but because of delay in the selection of CAC, who is responsible to select new selectors, saw Prasad getting an extension.

Finally, on Wednesday, CAC took the interview of the shortlisted candidate among whom Joshi and Harvinder Singh were liked for the job. As Joshi got the position of Prasad, Harvinder replaced Gagan Kohda in the selection panel.

While talking to Mumbai Mirror, he thanked BCCI and his colleagues and expressed that it was an honour for him to hold the position in BCCI.

Sunil Joshi Team India, India's Bowling Coach,
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“My best wishes to Sunil, Harvinder. I hope they will have a successful tenure. For me, it was an honour being the chairman of the Indian selection committee. I and my committee tried our best and I wish to thank the BCCI and my colleagues in the panel for this honour,” Prasad told Mumbai Mirror.

‘Selectors to have a say in the Playing XI’: MSK Prasad

Prasad has taken some big decisions for the Indian team which has led the team – to reach new heights. It was the South Africa and England tour in 2018 when the team was widely criticised for the selection of playing XI. Ajinkya Rahane was left out in South Africa while Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan were not selected in playing XI in England.

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As he is leaving the job, Prasad stated that the selectors on tour should have a say while picking the team.

“I would not like to be critical on anything except one factor in the Lodha reforms. From the South Africa tour (early 2018), the selector on call on overseas tours does not have a say in the touring selection committee. It was there previously. The best thing would be to have the selector in the touring committee. Because he would bring a dispassionate view in the selection of the playing XI,” Prasad said.

Meanwhile, the new selection panel will select the squad for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa.

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“Will You Pick MS Dhoni For T20 World Cup?”: CAC Asks New Selectors

Indian cricket team has finally got the new selectors on Wednesday with Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh filling vacant positions. On Wednesday, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) interviewed shortlisted candidates while several questions were asked but the trickiest question which was asked was none other than MS Dhoni’s future.

The former Indian captain was excluded from the new central contract list for the 2019-20 season. His fall out from the contract has hinted everyone that he is now not in the scheme of Team India.

Meantime, there is news going around that his IPL performance will decide his selection in the Indian team.

“Will You Pick MS Dhoni For T20 World Cup?”: CAC Asks New Selectors 1
MS Dhoni. Credits: AP

Meanwhile, he hasn’t played a competitive match and made himself unavailable after the disheartening semi-final against New Zealand in ICC World Cup 2019.

MS Dhoni’s issue is sensitive yet tricky:

So, the CAC member asked each candidate that if Dhoni makes himself available once again, what will be their take on his selection and being a selector is quite a responsible job.

Besides, a BCCI official expressed that it was an important question for them.

“Yes, the CAC had one common question and that was about their call with regards to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and whether they will select him for T20 World Cup,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.

“Dhoni is both a sensitive and tricky issue and that’s why the question needed to be asked.”

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Sunil Joshi. Photo Credit: Twitter.

In the end, Joshi and Harvinder were the two candidates whose responses impressed CAC the most. Joshi gained the position of chief selector while Harvinder replaced Gagan Khoda in the panel.

Well, it will be interesting to see how the new selectors will handle the situation when Dhoni will be around. The 38-year-old will be seen in action in the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) which will go underway from 29th March.

The first clash will be between MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and four-time champions, Mumbai Indians (MI).

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Did You Know? Virat Kohli & Chief Selector Sunil Joshi Played Together For Royal Challengers Bangalore

After much anticipation, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finally announced Team India’s next chief selector. Sunil Joshi, who wasn’t considered favourite for the job, is set to take over the charge soon and will head the panel for the next four years. He will be joined by former pacer Harvinder Singh in the panel that includes Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi and Jatin Paranjpe.

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While none of the players from the previous panel had played with captain Virat Kohli, Joshi did play with the India captain and also shared the dressing room with him.

Did You Know? Virat Kohli & Chief Selector Sunil Joshi Played Together For Royal Challengers Bangalore 2

Joshi and Kohli were teammates at Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural season of the league. Joshi was one of the most experienced campaigners in the squad while Kohli had just led India U-19 to a title victory.

Joshi, who played his last international game in 2001, continued to play domestic cricket and played his final first-class game against Baroda – in the semi-final of Ranji Trophy. Karnataka had lost the game by seven wickets. He retired from competitive cricket in 2012.

Interestingly, Joshi took over as Hyderabad’s coach even before retirement. He has been into coaching since then. He has coached Jammu and Kashmir and most recently coach of Uttar Pradesh. He also coaches international sides like Bangladesh, Oman and the USA. In 2017, he had joined Bangladesh as spin bowling consultant and kept the position till World Cup 2019.

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He had applied for the position of Team India’s bowling coach last year but the Kapil Dev-headed panel retained Bharat Arun in the position.

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Before the auction for IPL 2020, Joshi landed the high-profile job of the assistant coach of Kings XI Punjab – where he would have worked under Anil Kumble – but since he is now part of the national set-up, he will not be able to join KXIP.

He could be replaced as chief selector later this year if a former player with more Test caps joins the panel later this year.

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Twitter Reactions: Sunil Joshi And Harvinder Singh Recommended As New Selectors Of Indian Men’s Team

On Wednesday (4th March), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed the recommendations of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for the two vacant posts of the senior men’s national selection committee panel. Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh are most likely to join with this committee.

Gagan Khoda and the previous chief of the selection committee MSK Prasad recently ended their respective terms of the roles of national selectors. Later, the BCCI appointed the CAC comprising Madan Lal, Rudra Pratap Singh and Sulakshana Naik to take the interviews of the shortlisted candidates for the vacant posts of the national selection committee.

The CAC has recommended Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh for the two vacant posts of the senior men’s national selection committee panel. The CAC has also recommended selecting Sunil Joshi as the Chairman of the selection committee. Earlier, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly revealed that the most Test-capped cricketer among the selection committee will be appointed

Both Joshi and Singh may join soon with Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe and Sarandeep Singh in this selection committee panel. All the other three members of this five-member committee can hold their respective posts for one more year.

Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh played for India at same time

While Joshi played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs for India from 1996 to 2001, Harvinder played three Tests and 16 ODIs for India between 1997 and 2001. Joshi has also worked as the coach for various teams. Apart from coaching several domestic sides, Joshi played the spin bowling coach roles for Oman, Bangladesh and the USA national cricket teams. In the Indian Premier League (IPL),  Joshi was the spin bowling coach for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

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Sunil Singh (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Harvinder has also some coaching experiences, including for the Punjab Ranji cricket team.

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Harvinder Singh (Image Credit: Twitter)

The new selection committee will begin their journey with the selection process for the upcoming three-match home ODI series against South Africa. India will play the ODIs against South Africa on 12th, 15th and 18th March at Dharamshala, Lucknow and Kolkata respectively.

Here are some Twitter reactions about the new selectors:

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Sunil Joshi Replaces MSK Prasad As Chairman Of Selection Panel, Harvinder Singh Replaces Gagan Khoda

Former India spinner Sunil Joshi has been named as the Chairman of selection panel. He has replaced outgoing selector MSK Prasad. Joshi will be joined by Harvinder Singh, who comes from central zone. Joshi played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs. He was named as the chairman of the panel by virtue of playing most Test matches among other members of the panel.

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Joshi made his Test debut against England in 1996. His last international appearance came against Australia in an ODI in Pune in 2001. He also played IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Joshi retired from the game in 2012.

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After retirement, he took up coaching assignments and joined Bangladesh Cricket Team in 2017. His contract came to an end after World Cup 2019.

Talking of Harvinder Singh, the former India pacer played three Tests and 16 ODIs. He represented Punjab and Railways in domestic cricket. The duo of Joshi and Harvinder will join Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe and Devang Gandhi in the existing panel.

The two new selectors were picked by CAC headed by Madan Lal. RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik are other members of the panel.

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Apart from Joshi and Harvinder, BCCI had also shortlisted Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Venkatesh Prasad and Rajesh Chauhan for the job. Prasad was the front-runner for the chairman’s position but failed to make the final cut.

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It is to be noted that former India all-rounder Ajit Agarkar was also in the fray for the top job but he wasn’t shortlisted due to the reason that the present selection panel already includes a member from the West Zone (Jatin Paranjpe).

The new selection panel will soon meet to announce the squad for three-match ODI series against South Africa that starts on March 12.

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Anil Kumble To Join Kings XI Punjab As Director Of Cricket; Jonty Rhodes To Be Named Fielding Coach

Former India head coach Anil Kumble is all set to take over as the Director of Cricket of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab. Ness Wadia, the co-owner of KXIP, confirmed the update to Times of India and said that Kumble will be joining the team.

“Kumble is our choice to coach Kings XI. The world knows about his cricketing and coaching abilities. He’s a very calm, cool and collected person. He comes with a lot of experience in the IPL, having worked with two other franchises in the past, and also with the Indian team. We’re pretty sure that under his leadership, Kings XI will do very well,” Wadia told TOI.

Anil Kumble

The former India captain has also been associated with Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in coaching capacity in past, where he also coached Mumbai to a title victory. Kumble later went on to become the head coach of the Indian cricket team, where his stint came to an end after one year in the job.

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Kumble was given an automatic entry in the interview process following the completion of his one-year term but he resigned from the position as soon as his stint with the team ended. Kumble did not take up coaching assignments from there on and his association with KXIP will be a comeback to coaching circuit for India’s most successful bowler.

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Apart from him, former India spinner Sunil Joshi will also join the team as an assistant coach. He was appointed as Bangladesh’s bowling mentor in 2017 and kept the position till the end of World Cup 2019 before the cricket board removed all the coaches. He is presently the coach of Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket.

West Indies legend Courtney Walsh will also be joining the team as bowling coach cum talent scout. He was also associated with Bangladesh and his stint ended after World Cup.

Jonty Rhodes, India, 2019 World Cup

Though not confirmed, the report in TOI also adds that Jonty Rhodes will be joining the team as its fielding coach. Rhodes was fielding coach of Mumbai Indians for the first nine seasons of Indian Premier League before he parted ways with the franchise for personal reasons.

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He was one of the candidates for the job of fielding coach of Indian cricket team but incumbent R Sridhar kept his position. Rhodes was always expected to join an IPL team once he showed interest in making his comeback as a fielding coach in India.

It remains to be seen if there will be a change in captaincy or not. Should KXIP trade R Ashwin to Delhi Capitals there will be a new captain while Ashwin will continue to lead if he stays with the team.

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Experts Feel It’s Early To Call Off Yuzvendra Chahal And Kuldeep Yadav

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav haven’t played much international cricket since the World Cup 2019. They are again not selected in the squad against South Africa for T20I series. In place of them, the youngsters are being given place in the squad. Aakash Chopra, the cricket expert, is with the decision but says its to early to take the call.

Both Kuldeep and Chahal have shown their values in limited-overs cricket in the past 24 months. They have played crucial roles in the limited-overs cricket. But they have not been picked for two straight T20I series which is a matter of concern for them.

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Chopra says that it is correct to think about the lower order batting problem and give chance to the bowlers who can help to gain the run. He detects that the same technique was used by England players and they achieved the goal and feels that India want the same change.

“The idea is if you have that much depth in batting you bat a certain way. You can’t bat conservatively if you have that kind of depth. That is what England did. They changed the template completely. They focused on batting deep as they wanted to score 400 (in ODIs) and they achieved it many times,” Chopra told PTI.

“It looks India is wanting to take the same aggressive approach in T20s and there is nothing wrong in that. Now, they need to start showing the intent of scoring 220 consistently.”

“Batting till 8, 9 and 10 is still ambitious (as you don’t need them at all in a 20 over game) but if you are trying to score 220 it is fine,” he explained.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav must play domestic cricket – Sunil Joshi

Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Sunil Joshi feels that both young players should continue playing in domestic cricket and should not break their rhythm. As they are being picked in only one format, Sunil Joshi feels it is important for the spin duo to stay in the rhythm and improve their tactics.

“I would suggest that Kuldeep and Chahal should go back to domestic cricket when they are not on national duty. Finger spinner or wrist spinner is not the question here. It is about having the tactics to outclass the batsman besides technique and temperament,” Joshi told PTI.

“Let’s see how the young spinners do and ample opportunities should be given to them but at the same time if Chahal and Kuldeep are playing only one format it could disturb their rhythm. White ball cricket is all about rhythm.”

“The conditions will be different in Australia for the T20 World Cup with the bigger grounds. Overspin will come in handy. All the spinners who are in the hunt should be told about their roles clearly else it might cause confusion in their minds,” Joshi added.

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Sunil Joshi Applies for Team India’s Bowling Coach

Former India slow left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi has thrown his hat in the ring for the position of India’s bowling coach.

The 49-year-old spinner had a stint with the United States of America (USA) and Oman. Also, Joshi has recently worked as a spin bowling consultant for Bangladesh.

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However, he has recently bid adieu to Bangladesh’s support staff. The prominent spin coach has expressed interest early on to have a significant stint with the Men in Blue.

Joshi also keen to contribute for Team India’s spin department:

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In his recent statement, Joshi had confirmed his nomination for India’s bowling coach job. He further expressed that he would like to contribute when it comes to the spin bowling.

“Yes, I have applied for bowling coach (post). I can also contribute at large for the spin department,” Josh told Cricketcountry.com.

Also, Joshi has reiterated that he will prepare Team India for the extended term. He also remarked that if he would be given an opportunity as a bowling coach, then he would focus on the workload apart from focusing fitness of players.

“If given an opportunity to serve this talented Indian team, [I will be] looking after the players when they have off days at work, prepare them for long term goals … taking care of bowlers and their work load, monitoring them very closely,” Joshi added.

Joshi on fitness:

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Also, Joshi has praised Virat Kohli by setting a remarkable example in terms of fitness.

“Fitness is very important to be in great shape and leading by example is Virat Kohli. Lastly focusing on the Skill set; exciting days ahead,” Joshi further added.

Pertinently, India as a team hadn’t relied on a spin bowling coach. However, the team had done exceedingly well with young spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav ruling the roost.

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However, Joshi had suggested that India should introduce a spin bowling coach. He addressed that other countries had have backed a slow-bowling coach.

“All the Test playing teams have a spin coach [and] I am sure India also should have one,” said Joshi.

Meanwhile, Joshi had represented India between 1996 and 2001 in 69 ODIs and 15 Tests.

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Kiran More Is The New Interim Coach Of The USA Cricket Team

Former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More has been appointed as the interim coach of the USA men’s national cricket team. Also, the former Indian cricketers Sunil Joshi and Pravin Amre have taken the advisor roles of this team.

In last month, Kiran More became director of cricket of the USA national cricket team. Now, he has taken the interim coach role after the resignation of the previous head coach Pubudu Dassanayake.

Under Pubudu Dassanayake’s tenure, the USA team have regained the ODI status in last April after finishing in the third position in the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two. Their ODI status will remain until 2022.

Dassanayake’s initial contract with this side ended in last March. However, he earned the contract extension until the end of this year. But due to differences with the USA Cricket, Dassanayake decided to end this contract prematurely. Dassanayake had taken this role in November 2016.

Now, Kiran More has replaced Dassanayake, and the former Indian wicketkeeper will play the interim coach role for this team. The 56-year-old More played 49 Tests and 94 ODIs for India from 1984 to 1993.

After his cricket career, More served as the Chairman of the selection committee of the Indian national cricket team. He also played the role of wicketkeeping-consultant for the IPL team Mumbai Indians (MI).

Sunil Joshi and Pravin Amre also join the USA cricket team

On the other hand, Sunil Joshi is the new advisor for spin bowling of the USA national cricket team. Recently, after the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup campaign, Joshi left the spin bowling coach role of Bangladesh national cricket team. In this Cricket World Cup tournament, Bangladesh finished in the eighth position out of the ten teams.

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Also, Pravin Amre has taken the batting advisory role of the USA national cricket team. Amre will jointly play this role along with the Caribbean cricketer Kieran Powell. Meanwhile, David Saker and James Pamment have joined this team as the fast bowling advisor and fielding advisor respectively.

Kiran More, USA, interim coach
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We’re very fortunate that so many accomplished coaches want to work with USA Cricket – the Chairman of USA Cricket

The Chairman of USA Cricket, Paraag Marathe thanked Pubudu Dassanayake for his powerful role. Moreover, Marathe is happy to see the enormous interests of many accomplished coaches to work with the USA Cricket.

Marathe said, “I want to thank Pubudu for the work that he’s done over the past few years to help the team reach ODI status. He is an extremely accomplished coach and a person of great integrity and strong values and his contribution to USA Cricket is valued by us all. He leaves USA Cricket at this time with our best wishes for the future.

“We’re very fortunate that so many accomplished coaches want to work with USA Cricket. The coaching advisors we have assembled stand among the very best in the world and we believe that these individuals and the new structure, can help to take the USA National Team to the next level and provide the best chance possible of succeeding in the upcoming qualification tournament.”

The USA team is getting ready for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier, Regional Finals. This tournament will run from 18 to 25 August in Bermuda. Four teams will participate in this competition, and these teams are Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands and the USA.

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The Bonding Between Us Has Increased, Says Bangladesh’s Bowling Coach Sunil Joshi

Last week, Bangladesh were set to play the final game of the tour against New Zealand starting Saturday but an attack in Christchurch changed the whole scenario.

The members of the Bangladesh cricket team were set to arrive at the place of the attack and only got delayed due to captain’s presser.

They still saw the people running away from the place of the attack and were terrified to see what had happened there.

All the players and members of the team were flown back to the country from New Zealand and the last Test of the series was cancelled.

The players talked about how they felt after what they saw during the attack last week.

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Former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi, who is also a part of Bangladesh’s backroom staff, also returned back to the country and revealed that last 72 hours have been tough for him.

“I’m just relieved to see my family again. The last 72 hours were very, very tough. God has been kind. The players are safe, the staff are safe, the coaches are all safe. All thanks to the almighty,” he said.

“We are all on a WhatsApp group and the players are checking if everyone has reached home. The bonding between us has increased. But this is a much-needed break. This will take time to heal,” he added.

This was the first time when such a thing had happened in New Zealand, one of the safest countries in the world.

It had a deep impact on players as had they reached the spot a few minutes earlier, everything would have been different.

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The third Test of the series that was to kick off on Saturday was cancelled.

Bangladesh abandoned the tour mid-way.

It remains to be seen what impact does this attack leave on cricket in New Zealand.

Will the international teams still be willing to the country or not? This remains to be one of the biggest questions.

There is no series lined up to take place there for a while there but the action is surely expected to take place at some time of the year.

Bangladesh players now have a rest of few weeks as they next play Ireland in a tri-series ahead of World Cup 2019.

West Indies are the third participant in the series that will start in the first week of May.