The much-troubled Zimbabwe Cricket has announced Lalchand Rajput as the interim head coach after former fast bowler Heath Streak was sacked from the position in March earlier this year.
By SportBrief Reporter
It has been a whirlwind past few months for Zim Cricket, with the association having seen a flurry of lawsuits, led by former coach Heath Streak, fly their way after purging the Chevrons backroom staff following Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
As if that was not enough, the association had accumulated a huge debt and backlog in outstanding salaries which has led to players threatening to boycott the upcoming tri-series encounter with Pakistan and Australia.
But in the midst of all this calamity, Zim Cricket appears to be looking ahead with the announcement of Lalchand Rajput as the Chevrons new ‘interim’ coach.
“The 56-year-old is expected to start work immediately ahead of the triangular Twenty20 international (T20I) series involving Zimbabwe, Australia and Pakistan in Harare in July,” said a press release from Zimbabwe Cricket.
However, SportBrief understands that the announcement from ZC has come even before a formal contract has been signed by Rajput.
The move comes as a surprise to many, given that the aforementioned tri-series is currently in doubt, with players demanding that ZC give a time-frame for when they will be paid their salaries.
The Chevrons have not been paid their salaries for the past two months, while the national players are owed match fees dating back to July last year.
Rajput, a former India opener, has previously been in-charge of India’s coaching set-up during their World T20 triumph in 2007. He has also coached Afghanistan, after having coached Mumbai Indians and serving as the director of India’s National Cricket Academy.