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Rajput may coach Oman national team

Sandeep Patil has also been associated with Oman cricket.

Brianna Keilar |July 6, 2008, 4:05 PM IST
Rajput may coach Oman national team

Karachi: Former India Test batsman Lalchand Rajput is likely to be approached by the Oman Cricket Board to coach their national team. This was revealed by Madhu Jesrani, the secretary of the Board.

"We have inquired with his availability with the Indian cricket board and since he is no more contracted with the BCCI, we intend to approach him for a coaching assignment with our team," he added.

After his playing days, the 46-year-old Rajput served as the joint honorary secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association and also took up coaching, which included successful stints with the Under-19 team. He was appointed cricket manager before India's successful campaign at the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa and held the position till the tour of Australia in 2007-08.

He then took over as the coach of the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural IPL. However, he hit the headlines for the wrong reasons early in the tournament when he was fined 50% of his match fee for not restraining the captain Harbhajan Singh during his infamous altercation with Sreesanth.

Lalchand Rajput will not be the first Indian Test cricketer to take up coaching job with the Oman team. Sandeep Patil had accepted an offer from the Oman Cricket Association to guide the country's national cricket squad in the ICC Trophy One-Day tournament some four years ago.

Oman came from seemingly nowhere to finish second in the 2004 ACC Trophy and clinch a place in the aborted 2006 Asia Cup as well as the ICC Trophy of 2005.

Their rise has been based on having a team packed with all-rounders along with superb team spirit. They have a habit of winning close matches which says much for their competitive instincts. They have taken steps to introduce artificial turf wickets which simulate grass in order to prepare for internal competition.

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