In a momentous development that has set the cricketing world abuzz, Indian cricket stalwart VVS Laxman has been named as the head coach for the Indian men’s cricket team at the upcoming 19th Asian Games. With an illustrious career as a top-notch batsman and the current president of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Laxman brings his expertise to the forefront of coaching on the grand stage.
Kanitkar appointed head coach of women’s team
Simultaneously, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, a former Indian cricketer himself, has been chosen to lead the Indian women’s cricket team as their head coach for the 19th Asian Games. This strategic appointment underscores the cricketing authorities’ commitment to providing the women’s team with the best guidance and support as they gear up for the Asian Games.
For the Indian men’s cricket team, the coaching lineup boasts not only the experienced Laxman but also features Sai Raj Bahutule, a former Indian leg-spinner, who will take on the role of the bowling coach. Munish Bali, known for his insights into the intricacies of fielding, will contribute his expertise as the fielding coach.
As the cricketing fraternity anticipates this monumental event, Laxman is currently at the helm of a high-performance camp held at Alur, situated near Bangalore. This camp aims to nurture the talents of India’s emerging cricket stars, a testament to Laxman’s commitment to the development of the sport.
Meanwhile, the Indian women’s team will have a carefully selected support staff that includes Hrishikesh Kanitkar as their head coach. Alongside Kanitkar, Rajib Dutta will step into the role of the bowling coach, and Subhadeep Ghosh will be responsible for fielding coaching. These appointments reflect a comprehensive approach towards supporting the women’s cricket team in their pursuit of excellence.
Asian Games Cricket matches to have ‘International’ status
With the onset of the 19th Asian Games, Rituraj Gaikwad has been entrusted with the captaincy of the Indian men’s cricket team. On the other side of the pitch, the experienced Harmmanpreet Kaur will lead the charge for the women’s team, bringing her seasoned skills to the forefront.
The Asian Games, scheduled to take place in Hangzhou, China, from September to October, mark a historic occasion as India’s cricketing journey intertwines with this prestigious multi-sport event. This edition of the tournament will feature the T20 format, marking a significant step forward for cricket’s integration into such a renowned sporting extravaganza.
In a remarkable shift, these matches, once excluded from the tally of international fixtures, now hold a significant place in the cricketing calendar. The inclusion of cricket in the Asian Games elevates the sport to a new pedestal, showcasing the talents of cricketers on a global platform.