Former left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi © Getty Images
Former left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi © Getty Images

As this is Oman’s first stint in the ICC World Twenty20 2016 tournament, they have roped in Sunil Joshi, a former left-arm spinner, as their coach. Joshi will join the team from Saturday, December 19. Speaking to Times of India, the former spinner said, “It is a great opportunity for me to work with a national team, especially on a big stage like the World Cup. India hosting the event makes it all the more special. I have always wanted to specialize as a spin coach; I guess this is the right opportunity because I get to work with about nine spinners, of whom 5-6 are regulars. I’m entering the unknown because I haven’t met the players yet, but I’ve done my homework and will surely give my all.” ALSO READ: Oman’s qualification for ICC World T20 2016 a dream come true: Sultan Ahmed

The 45-year-old has trained many spinners like England’s Monty Panesar and South African Simon Harmer. His first official coaching journey started in 2011-12 when he took over the reins as the spin coach for Hyderabad Ranji Team, where he helped them reach the quarter finals being his first season. He later moved to coach Jammu-Kashmir team to help them on their domestic journey last year. Oman is head by former Sri Lankan player Duleep Mendis. Joshi looks forward to work Mendis, “Having Mendis as head coach helps because he comes from the land of spin (Sri Lanka). His knowledge will go a long way in shaping the team.”

The franchise was to assemble at Chennai, but they will start their training at Rajkot on Saturday. Joshi has been appointed as the coach until the end of ICC World T20 2016 tournament. The team will camp in India for a month and next month they will continue their training in Oman. “They wanted to have an exposure tour before the event. They are coming down to understand the conditions. Next month I will travel to Oman for the camp,” added Joshi. In his 19-year domestic career, Joshi has credits of 615 wickets. ALSO READ: Sunil Joshi appointed coach of Jammu and Kashmir Ranji Trophy team

Joshi is also looking forward to help wicket-keeper and batsmen in tackling spin, “In March most of the venues will be hot and hence the wickets will offer ample turn, I will try and help them understand how to keep wickets on turning tracks and how to bat against spin. Bowling and batting everyone can do, how to react to situations and pitches is what I will try to impart,” Joshi added.