Zimbabwe appoint Rajput as interim cricket coach

Zimbabwe appoint Rajput as interim cricket coach

"Zimbabwe have appointed former India cricketer and Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput as their interim head coach ahead of their tri-series against Australia and Pakistan", the ICC posted on its Twitter handle. The firing of Streak and his backroom staff, captain Graeme Cremer and chairman of selectors Tatenda Taibu came in March after Zimbabwe failed to qualify for next year's 50-over World Cup, the first time it won't be at the tournament since 1979.

The news was confirmed in a tweet by Zimbabwe Cricket, who described the 56-year-old as "a highly qualified, vastly experienced and well-respected coach". Zimbabwe cricket has been plagued for years by battles between the players and the board over unpaid wages.

The 56-year-old is expected to start work immediately ahead of the triangular Twenty20 global series involving Zimbabwe, Australia and Pakistan in Harare in July. We wish you all the best! His last worldwide assignment was with Afghanistan - he was their head coach when they gained Test status.

After successfully managing the Indian team to the World T20 title, Rajput was named the coach of the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. He has also been the coaching director of the BCCI's National Cricket Academy (BCA) is well-documented.

As a player, Rajput appeared in two Tests and four ODIs for India from 1985 to 1987.

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