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Wasim Jaffer appointed as chief coach of Odisha senior team

File photo of Wasim Jaffer.
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File photo of Wasim Jaffer.

Former Test opener and domestic doyen Wasim Jaffer on Wednesday was appointed as the chief coach of the Odisha senior side for the upcoming domestic season.

“He (Jaffer) will be the head coach. He has been given a two-year contract,” Subrata Behera, Odisha Cricket Association CEO told PTI.

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The decision was taken following a meeting of OCA’s Cricket Advisory Committee as Jaffer would replace former state captain Rashmi Ranjan Parida, who was at the helm for two seasons.

“Besides development of cricket across all age-groups, he (Jaffer) will also be a part of coaches development programme across the state,” OCA secretary Sanjay Behera said in a statement.

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 Association.

Jaffer, who has played 31 Tests and 2 ODIs, is also the batting coach of Kings XI Punjab, which plays in the cash-rich Indian Premier League. The Mumbai stalwart later played for Vidarbha at the fag end of his illustrious career winning back-to-back Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup.

Odisha had last reached quarters in the 2019-20 season when they lost to Bengal and batting has been the team’s weakness for a long-time.

The camp for the senior team is slated to begin from July 25, subject to the state government’s approval keeping mind of the COVID-19 guidelines. 

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