Manoj Prabhakar represented India in 39 Tests and 130 ODIs    Getty Images
Manoj Prabhakar represented India in 39 Tests and 130 ODIs Getty Images

Uttar Pradesh have appointed former Indian all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar as their head coach. Prabhakar, who represented India in 39 Test and 130 One-Day International (ODI) matches, was chosen by Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) in their working committee meeting at Mussorie. He becomes the second Indian Test cricketer to coach the UP Ranji team, after Venkatesh Prasad. Rajeev Shukla, secretary of UPCA revealed Prabhakar will be around during the Ranji Trophy trials season. Also during the meeting, various committee’s of UPCA were decided along with preparations for the Test match between India and New Zealand, which is scheduled to held later this year at Kanpur. ALSO READ: India vs New Zealand 2016 schedule & tour itinerary announced for 3 Tests and 5 ODIs

Prabhakar played for India between 1984 and 1996. In 39 Tests, he scored 1,600 runs and took 96 wickets. In ODI’s, he amassed 1,858 runs and scalped 157 wickets. Known more for his bowling than batting, Prabhakar used to bowl some brilliant slower balls, and also did damage with the new ball.

He is also the bowling coach of Afghanistan national team, having been appointed in December 2015. He was praised by former Afghanistan head coach Inzamam-ul-Haq. He said Prabhakar had made a difference to the team and was strong in his core coaching area. He said Prabhakar s inclusion was also helpful since the Afghanistan team now held their home training camps in Noida near New Delhi instead of Sharjah.

The former all-rounder has had his share of controversies. In 1999, he was charged of involvement in match-fixing and was banned for life by BCCI. He was also sacked from his coaching role of Delhi cricket team in 2011 after he criticised the players and selectors.