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Viswanath appointed Assam cricket consultant

Former India captain Gundappa Viswanath would assist the Assam Ranji Trophy side as a consultant for the coming 2009-10 season.

cricket Updated: Sep 23, 2009 15:37 IST

Former India captain Gundappa Viswanath would assist the Assam Ranji Trophy side as a consultant for the coming 2009-10 season.

In relegation zone for last four season, Assam Cricket Association (ACA) hopes to revive the team's fortunes under the guidances of former ace India batsman, who has been with National Cricket Academy (NCA) as batting consultant.

"We started well at initial stages but missed the cut last season. Hope Viswanath's expertise will help us to get promoted into the Elite Division," said an ACA official.

Viswanath, who is also the chairman of Karnataka Cricket Association, is expected to accompany the side in three-four matches, said the ACA official.

The 60-year-old former cricketer, who was recently conferred the Lifetime Award by BCCI, will have Ranji coaches Subhrajit Saikia and Subhadip Ghosh under him.

The camp for the Ranji season will begin on October 4 and Viswanath is likely to join the side next month.

Assam will have the services of former India spinner Sairaj Bahutule, former Mumbai batsman Amol Muzumdar and former Maharashtra opener Dheeraj Jadhav for the upcoming Ranji season.

Baroda batsman Jacob Martin, Orissa's Rashmi Ranjan Parida and Karnataka spinner Anand Katti have been left out.

Last season, Assam were coached by former India batsman Gursharan Singh who had solitary Test and ODI appearances for the country.