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Lalchand Rajput retained manager

Lalchand Rajput, the cricket manager for India's T20 World Champion team, has been retained for the upcoming ODI series.

cricket Updated: Sep 27, 2007 19:50 IST

Lalchand Rajput, who was the cricket manager for India's Twenty20 World Champion team in South Africa, was on Thursday retained for the post for the upcoming one-day series against Australia.

The Cricket Board decided to continue with Rajput as an interim arrangement for the seven-match series, said a press release issued by BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah.

The Indian team had appointed interim cricket managers for all the international series since coach Greg Chappell opted not to extend his contract with the Board after the World Cup debacle.

Ravi Shastri and Chandu Borde were the cricket managers on the tours of Bangladesh and United Kingdom respectively.

The BCCI, which has formally invited applications, is expected to name a full time coach before the series against arch-rivals Pakistan in Novermber-December. It has formed a three-member committee comprising Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and S Venkatraghavan to decide on the issue.

The Indian team for the first three ODIs against Australia include as many as 10 players from the Twenty20 squad. The seven match series gets underway in Bangalore from Saturday.

The 45-year-old Rajput, who played two Tests and four ODIs for the country in 1985, was also successful with the India 'A' team which recently toured Zimbabwe and Kenya.

First Published: Sep 27, 2007 17:39 IST