Bengaluru, July 20: Former India all-rounder Sunil Joshi was today (July 20) appointed as the head coach of Assam team for 2 seasons.
The 46-year-old Joshi, who has previously coached Hyderabad and Jammu and Kashmir, will take charge of Assam's senior team in September. Joshi replaced his Karnataka state-mate Sanath Kumar, who took Assam to Ranji Trophy semi-finals for the first time, last season.
"I am pleased to have signed a 2-year contract with Assam today. They have done well in the last few years. This season my aim is to help them continue the good work," Joshin told OneIndia on Wednesday evening.
Joshi, who played 15 Tests and 69 One Day Internationals, achieved one of the biggest upsets in Ranji Trophy history when Jammu and Kashmir, under his guidance, stunned Mumbai.
At Asia Cup Twenty20 and World T20 this year, Joshi had worked as a spin coach with Oman national team.
"I will share my experiences with Assam players, including the win against Mumbai (in Ranji Trophy). Such examples will lift the team," Joshi, who has received a lot of support throughout his career, from his employers Canara Bank, said.
Joshi will officially begin work with Assam side on September 10 when the camp for Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season starts.
"We will have a month-long camp from September 10. Assam's bowling unit is fantastic. Batsmen need to compliment well to get the results," the former left-arm spinner said.
For now, Joshi is aiming to help the individuals achieve their goals which in turn leads to getting the results for the team.
"I will take one game at a time. As of now, there is no particular target. We need to plan well and execute them. Hopefully I can teach Assam how to win the Ranji Trophy. We have to raise the bar from the previous seasons. Individuals should realise their goals and it will automatically result in team's progress," Joshi, who took 41 Test and 69 ODI wickets, opined.
With Ranji Trophy being played in neutral venues this season, Joshi said it should be continued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for at least 2 seasons.
"It (neutral venues) has been tried before. But for me it should be there for 2 to 3 seasons. Playing in neutral venues will help the players improve their skills. It is one of the best initiatives by BCCI," Joshi said.