Wasim Jaffer had played 31 Test matches for India.© Twitter
Former Test opener and domestic doyen Wasim Jaffer on Wednesday has been chosen as the chief coach of the Odisha senior side for the upcoming domestic season. “He (Jaffer) would be the head coach. He has been provided a two-year contract,” Subrata Behera, Odisha Cricket Organization CEO told PTI. The decision was once taken following a assembly of OCA’s Cricket Advisory Committee as Jaffer would replace former state captain Rashmi Ranjan Parida, who was once at the helm for two seasons.
“But even so development of cricket across all age-groups, he (Jaffer) can be part of coaches development programme across the state,” OCA secretary Sanjay Behera said in a remark.
This will be Jaffer’s second stint as the head coach of any state team. Following his retirement in March 2020, Jaffer, who is the leading run-getter in Ranji Trophy, had coached Uttarakhand but he later resigned following a fall-out with the Organization.
Jaffer, who has played 31 Tests and 2 ODIs, could also be the batting coach of Kings XI Punjab, which plays in the cash-rich Indian Premier League. The Mumbai stalwart, who later played for Vidarbha at the fag end of his illustrious career winning back-to-back Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup.
Odisha had final reached quarters in the 2019-20 season when they missing to Bengal and batting has been the team’s weakness for a long-time.
The camp for the senior team is slated to start from July 25, subject to the state government’s approval keeping brain of the COVID-19 guidelines.
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