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Kotak, Powar Among Support Staff Named for India A Series Against South Africa

Former off-spinner and women's team coach Ramesh Powar has been named India A bowling coach for the upcoming series against South Africa A.

Cricketnext Staff |August 28, 2019, 9:01 AM IST
Kotak, Powar Among Support Staff Named for India A Series Against South Africa

Former off-spinner and women's team coach Ramesh Powar has been named India A bowling coach while Sitanshu Kotak has been named head coach for the upcoming series against South Africa A. They will be assisted by T.Dilip who has been confirmed as the fielding coach.

"Powar has been appointed only for the South Africa A series," a BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday.

Powar, who played two Tests and 31 ODIs for India, was embroiled in a controversy late last year after he fell out with senior women's team player Mithali Raj when he was the head coach.

Powar had reapplied for the same position but the Cricket Advisory Committee headed by 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev chose W V Raman as his successor.

Kotak retired from first-class cricket in 2013 after 130 appearances and scoring 8061 runs.He has been Saurashtra coach, while Kanitkar, who also played his last first-class match in 2013 has worked with Goa and Tamil Nadu in the domestic circuit. Dilip has been a fielding coach with Hyderabad and was in the three-man shortlist for the senior India men's team job.

India A will be playing two four day games and a five match unofficial 'ODI' series against South Africa A.

The one-day series will be played in Thiruvananthapuram beginning from Thursday.

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