JOHANNESBURG – Cricket SA (CSA) on Monday announced the appointment of India’s Amol Muzumdar as interim batting coach of South Africa for next month’s three-match Test series against India.
The Test series is the Proteas first engagement in the new ICC Test Match Championship.
Muzumdar, 44, had a first-class career that lasted 20 years during which time he made more than 11 000 first-class runs, including 30 centuries, at an average of 48.
He has moved on to become one of the top coaches in India, holding high performance coaching certificates from the BCCI, Cricket Australia as well as in the UK through both Lancashire and Yorkshire.
His previous coaching appointment have included being the batting coach of Rajasthan Royals at the IPL, coaching the India Under-19 and Under-23 sides at the National Cricket Academy and being batting coach of the Netherlands national side.
Great start to the tour of India last night with dinner with the High Commissioner of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr Sbu Ndebele and his wonderful staff & their families. It’s great to know our boys will have a few familiar faces to look out for on match days. #ProudlySA 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/iujr20WKNp— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) September 9, 2019
“Amol is a perfect fit for us,” said CSA Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl.
“He brings an intimate knowledge of Indian playing conditions and the challenges our batsmen are likely to face. He also assisted us at the spin bowling camp we held recently in India and thus has already built up a good working relationship with Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma and Zubayr Hamza.”
“Cricket has always been and will continue to be my calling,” said Muzumdar. “Having spent 25 years on the pitch as a player I intend to spend the next 25 tapping and grooming talent on the cricket field.
“I am very excited about this new chapter to my coaching career.”
African News Agency (ANA)