Lalchand Rajput to coach Assam Ranji Team

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Guwahati, September 19: Former India and Mumbai opener Lalchand Rajput will coach Assam Ranji team. Rajput will replace ex-India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi, who coached Assam last year, before becoming the spin consultant of the Bangladesh team last month.
Rajput had recently quit as the coach of Afghanistan’s national cricket team. Rajput, who was the coach of the Indian team which won the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and the CB tri-Series title in early 2008, was a coach with India A team for five years. In the past couple of years, Rajput has twice been interviewed for the coach of Team India. The Mumbaikar has enjoyed a stint with Assam both as a player, and as a coach (for one season back in 2000).
Since June last year, the 55-year-old had coached Afghanistan, who did well in his tenure and even managed to bag the Test status. However, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) decided to discontinue his contract after he refused to travel to Kabul to train the team. The Mumbaikar has enjoyed a stint with Assam both as a player, and as a coach (for one season back in 2000).
Assam, who enjoyed its best season in the Ranji Trophy when they made to the semis in the 2015-16 season, was relegated to the plate group last season. Club in Group A this season with teams like Delhi, Hyderabad, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Railways and Uttar Pradesh, Assam has a formidable task of qualifying from the knockouts.