FORMER INDIAN cricketer and 1983 World Cup hero Balwinder Singh Sandhu will be the new coach of Madhya Pradesh cricket team.
Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association Secretary Sanjay Jagdale told reporters here today that Sandhu would take charge tomorrow in Chandigarh where the State team is taking part in the Atre Memorial Cricket Tournament.
Jagdale said that among the main contenders for the post were former players Madan Lal, Sandeep Patil and Ajay Jadeja. After the interviews they finally selected Sandhu as others’ dates clashed.
Jagdale said Sandhu’s contract was for one year. Earlier, MPCA had the services of Ashok Mankad, Sandeep Patil, Chandrakant Pandit and Sulakshan Kulkarni as coaches. But after not getting good coaches, MPCA switched over to their own man Devashish Nilose.
After seeing the performance of MP team in this year’s Ranji Trophy plate group, the MPCA management thought of reversing their decision and opted for an outside coach. Jagdale said first they were planning to have professional player-cum-coach and it could not be worked out and they opted for only coach. Jagdale said Sandhu has wide experience in coaching and it will help the MP boys. “We have to watch and see,” he said.