Lance Klusener to groom cricketers in Tripura, former South Africa star to take up a role in TCA

TCA vice president Timir Chanda said the former Protea all-rounder would arrive in Agartala, the state capital, on June 3 to work with the state’s cricketers for overall development. However, his exact designation was not revealed as he is yet to sign the contract.

The 51-year-old will look after the state’s eight teams in both men’s and women’s sections in various age groups, besides working with the Ranji side. In the first phase, Klusener will stay here for 20 days and will watch and guide the cricketers.

Speaking to the media, Chanda said Klusener will be handed a 100-day contract which he would sign on Sunday (June 4). “In March, this year, we had floated expression of interest seeking a coach for our cricketers.

“Initially, Dav Whatmore and Klusener showed interest in working with TCA. Later Whatmore pulled out on personal grounds but Klusener agreed to work with the local cricketers,” he added further. “We hope the cricketers will benefit from his vast international experience. Our cricketers are also excited to work with Klusener.”

The Klusener – who was known for his aggressive batting and pace-bowling – played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for South Africa. He previously worked as the batting coach of South Africa and Zimbabwe and was the head coach of Afghanistan in the 2021 T20 World Cup.

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