Zimbabwe Cricket, on Thursday (May 17), named Lalchand Rajput as the interim head coach after former fast bowler Heath Streak was sacked from the position in March earlier this year.
“The 56-year-old is expected to start work immediately ahead of the triangular Twenty20 international (T20I) series involving Zimbabwe, Australia and Pakistan in Harare in July,” said a press release from Zimbabwe Cricket.
Cricbuzz, however, understands that the announcement from ZC has come even before a formal contract has been signed by Rajput.
Additionally, the aforementioned tri-series is currently in doubt, with players demanding that ZC give a time-frame for when they will be paid their salaries.
Zimbabwe’s players have not been paid their salaries for the past two months, while the national players are owed match fees dating back to July last year. They were due to meet with ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani on the issue on Wednesday.
The announcement of Rajput’s appointment comes less than three weeks after the position was advertised for. In late March, along with Streak, the entire technical staff was sacked following Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.
Rajput, a former India opener, has previously been in-charge of India’s coaching set-up during their World T20 triumph in 2007. He has also coached Afghanistan, after having coached Mumbai Indians and serving as the director of India’s National Cricket Academy.