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Delhi appoint India A fielding coach Abhay Sharma as new Head Coach

Abhay Sharma has played 89 first-class games representing Delhi, Railways and Rajasthan. Sharma was also the fielding coach of the Indian team which travelled to Zimbabwe in 2016.

Kartik Mehindru Edited By: Kartik Mehindru @mehindrukartik New Delhi Published on: September 30, 2022 23:19 IST
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Delhi have appointed former India A and Under-19 fielding coach Abhay Sharma as its new head coach ahead of the domestic season beginning October 11.

Who were the contenders?

Former India spinner and selector Sarandeep Singh was another strong contender for the job but Rohan Jaitly-led DDCA has gone ahead with Sharma, who has more coaching experience. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Nikhil Chopra, Gursharan Singh and Reema Malhotra had recommended Sharma's name to the president.

Other Appointments

Former India selector Gagan Khoda has been appointed chief selector of the senior team, while former India pacer Pankaj Singh has been appointed head coach of the U-25 side. Khoda, who played two ODIs for India, hails from Rajasthan. Anil Bhardwaj and Mayank Sidana (former Punjab Ranji cricketer) are the other new faces on the senior selection panel.

Former Rajasthan Royals fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has been given charge of the senior women's team while India pacer Arshdeep Singh's childhood coach Jaswant Rai will coach the men's U-19 unit. Rai represented Himachal Pradesh in his playing days.

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"Abhay Sharma has been chosen as the head coach of the senior team," said a DDCA source. Sharma has worked extensively with India A, India U-19 and most recently the national women's team.

The 53-year-old, who played 89 first-class games representing Delhi, Railways and Rajasthan, was also the fielding coach of the Indian team which travelled to Zimbabwe in 2016. He also travelled with the Indian team on the tour of USA and the West Indies in the same year.

The Plan Ahead

With Delhi scheduled to open their Syed Mushtaq Ali campaign against Manipur, Sharma has less than two weeks to work with the squad which is yet to be announced.

A lot of dilly-dallying took place before the DDCA zeroed in on Sharma. "It should have happened at least two weeks ago. But the good thing is most of the coaching staff which has been recruited has come from outside Delhi," said another DDCA source.

Delhi had a forgettable last season when they failed to qualify for the knockouts of all three competitions -- Mushtaq Ali, Vijay Hazare and Ranji Trophy. The team was coached by Virat Kohli's childhood coach Raj Kumar Sharma last season and captained by Pradeep Sangwan. 

(With PTI Inputs)

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