Rajput appointed interim manager for ODI series against Aussies

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New Delhi, Sep 27 (UNI) The BCCI today appointed Lalchand Rajput as cricket manager for India's upcoming one-day series against Australia.

Rajput, who had served in the same capacity in the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, was given the job as an interim arrangement for the seven-match series, a Board press release said.

The 45-year-old Rajput, who played two Tests and four ODIs for the country in 1985, was also successful with the India 'A' team which recently toured Zimbabwe and Kenya.

The Indian team has had two interim cricket managers since coach Greg Chappell opted not to extend his contract with the Board after the Caribbean World Cup debacle.

Ravi Shastri and Chandu Borde went as cricket managers on the tours of Bangladesh and England respectively.

The BCCI, which has formally invited applications, is expected to name a full time coach before the series against arch-rivals Pakistan in Novermber-December. It has formed a three-member committee comprising Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and S Venkatraghavan to decide on the issue.

The seven-match series gets underway in Bangalore from Saturday.


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