Lalchand Rajput, a former India opener, has previously been in-charge of India’s coaching set-up during their World T20 triumph in 2007.
Lalchand Rajput, a former India opener, has previously been in-charge of India’s coaching set-up during their World T20 triumph in 2007.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) today announced Lalchand Rajput the head coach of the men’s cricket team after the 56-year-old served as the interim coach since June.

“We are thrilled to appoint Lalchand as the substantive head coach of Zimbabwe’s senior men’s national cricket team,” said Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Tavengwa Mukhlani in a statement.

Rajput was oversaw Zimbabwe’s T20I triangular series with Australia and Pakistan and five-match ODI last month.

Rajput, a former India opener, has previously been in-charge of India’s coaching set-up during their World T20 triumph in 2007.

He has also coached Afghanistan, after having coached Mumbai Indians and serving as the director of India’s National Cricket Academy.

“We are targeting qualification for the next T20 and 50-over World Cup tournaments and we believe Lalchand has the pedigree and experience to build a young side and help us achieve our goals,” Mukuhlani said, adding “Lalchand has a wealth of experience and an outstanding track record of success throughout his career.”

Earlier in the week, Rajput put the players through a rigorous grind ahead of the team’s limited-over tour of South Africa consisting  three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals, starting on 30 September.

Rajput said he was honoured to be given the job.

“It is an honour and privilege to work with Zimbabwe Cricket and I am really pleased to be given this opportunity to take this team to the next level, to work hard and ensure we make a difference in the coming years,” he said.

His first assignments as the head coach are Zimbabwe’s limited-overs and Test series away to South Africa and Bangladesh scheduled for September-November his year.