The 48-year-old Munish Bali has been appointed as the fielding coach of the India National Cricket Team for the forthcoming India tour of New Zealand 2022. He was previously part of the support staff during the series against Ireland, England and South Africa.
The Rahul Dravid-led coaching staff has been rested for the limited-overs series against New Zealand National Cricket Team, post the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, and the VVS Laxman-led coaching staff will be doing the duties on the New Zealand tour. Notably, NCA head VVS Laxman had previously been the head coach of the Indian team for a few series in the absence of Dravid.
Meanwhile, other than Munish Bali, the fielding coach, Hrishikesh Kanitkar (batting coach) and Sairaj Bahutule (bowling coach) will be part of the VVS Laxman-led support staff on the New Zealand tour.
“All three will assist Laxman in New Zealand,” said a BCCI official, reported PTI.
India To Play 3 ODIs & 3 T20Is On New Zealand Tour
The Men In Blue are set to go head-to-head with the New Zealand National Cricket Team in a three-match T20I series and a three-match ODI series on the upcoming tour. The T20Is will be played on November 18, 20, and 22 while the ODIs will be played on November 25, 27, and 30.
Senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have been rested for the New Zealand tour. Hardik Pandya will be leading Team India in the T20I series and Shikhar Dhawan has been appointed as the captain for the ODI series. The 25-year-old Pant has been named as the vice-captain for both ODI and T20I series.
From India’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad, 8 players have been named in the T20I squad for the New Zealand tour. Those players are; Hardik, Pant, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh.
Meanwhile, both Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, the players who missed the T20 World Cup because of injuries, have not been picked for the series.