NEW DELHI: Former India player Sanjay Bangar was Thursday named the national coach for the team’s upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, the cricket board said.
Bangar, who is currently the head coach of Indian Premier League side Kings XI Punjab, will accompany a largely inexperienced squad led by limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
India are slated to play three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20 matches starting June 11 in Harare.
“Mr. Sanjay Bangar has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming tour to Zimbabwe,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke said in a statement.
Bangar, 43, worked with the team as assistant coach until the recent World T20 under team director Ravi Shastri.
Bangar, who has represented India in 12 Tests and 15 ODIs, was appointed assistant coach during the limited-overs leg of India’s tour to England in 2014.
The BCCI is on the hunt for a permanent head coach, with the process expected to be completed before India leave for the West Indies in July.