In a bid to help the Indian batsmen combat the array of left-arm pacers in the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 and thereafter, the Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) has roped in Sri Lankan Nuwan Seneviratne as left-arm throwdown coach. Also Read - Navdeep Saini Injury Update: BCCI Team Monitoring Fast Bowler After he Complained of Groin Pain
According to a report in the Indian Express, Seneviratne’s appointment has been made at the request of the Indian team management to face the likes of Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and others in the Asia Cup. Also Read - India vs Australia 4th Test Toss Report: T Natarajan & Washington Sundar Given Debuts in Brisbane
The report further said that Seneviratne might be in line for a full-fledged contract, based on the feedback the BCCI receive from the Indian think-tank following the Asia Cup, which kicks off on Saturday. Also Read - BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain Issues Notice to Rajeev Shukla on 'Conflict of Interest' Complaint
The 38-year-old appeared in only two first-class games as a seaming all-rounder for Colombo Cricket Club. He has, however, been involved with Sri Lankan cricket for nearly a decade, and has even served as the senior team’s fielding coach briefly.
Seneviratne’s inclusion will be in addition to the longstanding incumbent, Raghu, who for the record is a right-armer. The Indian Express report, while quoting sources from the BCCI, also said that the move is being considered to help manage the workload of Raghu, who’s been with the team for around seven years, and has had to deal with the team’s hectic schedule both home and away.
India will begin its Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong on September 18, a day before they face arch-rivals Pakistan.