J&K’s Manhas named Chief Coach, Klusener Consultant Coach of Delhi Ranji team

New Delhi, Sept 3: Former Delhi skipper Mithun Manhas will be the Chief Coach, while former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has been named as the consultant coach of the Delhi Ranji team for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Klusener’s appointment is certainly the most high profile among the support staff across domestic teams.
Manhas has the distinction of playing 157 First Class matches, scoring 9714 runs with unbeaten 205 as his top score and possessing an average of 45.82, besides playing 130 List A matches and scoring 4126 runs with an average of 45.84.
He has also the honour of being Assistant Coach of Kings XI Punjab for two consecutive seasons, working under the supervision of Australian ace Coach, Brad Hodge, besides having the reputation of being the Coach of Bengladesh Under-19 National team and Chief Coach of J&K Ranji team.
Talking to EXCELSIOR from Delhi, Manhas termed the assignment as a challenging job and said that he will leave no stone unturned to make his coaching experience to count and do the job well.
“Lance Klusener will be Cricket Consultant of Ranji Team of DCCA for One day tournaments starting from 19th September (Vijay Hazare trophy and Deodhar Trophy) and domestic T20 tournament scheduled in February 2019,” DDCA president Rajat Sharma reportedly said today.
“His role will require his services along side the main coach and all the other coaches in the team,” Sharma added.
The 46-year old Klusener had played 49 Tests for South Africa with 1906 runs and 80 wickets in his kitty. He had four Test hundreds and best bowling performance of 8 for 64.
However, it was the ODI format where he came into his own in the 171 games in which he scored 3576 runs and took 192 wickets.
The highlight of his career was the 1999 World Cup where he was adjudged Player of the Tournament.
Meanwhile, the DDCA has also announced the names of the coaches for the various age group teams.
For the U-23 team, T Anand will be the chief coach with Hitesh Jain and Robin Singh Jr being appointed batting and bowling coaches respectively.
In the U-19, Rajeev Vinayak will be the chief coach with NS Negi as the assistant coach and V Aravind as the bowling coach.
In the U-16s, Pankaj Joshi will be the batting coach while Arun Singh will be the bowling coach.
For the U-14s, Pradeep Chawla is the batting coach and Joginder Singh the bowling coach.
The women’s selection committee was also announced with Anjum Chopra, Jaya Sharma and Renuka Dua being the members of the senior panel.
The junior women’s committee comprise Amita Sharma, Reshma Gandhi and Vandana Gupta.