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National Cricket Academy head VVS Laxman will serve as India’s acting head coach for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour as there is only a short lead time between the series and the Asia Cup which starts in the UAE on August 27, said BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Friday. “Yes, VVS Laxman will be in charge of the Indian team in Zimbabwe for the three-match ODI series. It’s not like Rahul Dravid is taking a break. The Zimbabwe ODI series will end on August 22 and Dravid will join the Indian team the UAE on August 23. As there is little gap between the two events, Laxman will be in charge of the Indian squad in Zimbabwe,” BCCI secretary Shah told PTI on Friday.
“Since only KL and Hooda are with the ODI squad in Zimbabwe, it was only natural that the head coach would be with the T20 squad.”
The three ODIs in Zimbabwe will be played in Harare on August 18, 20 and 22.
Shah also announced that KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda will fly direct from Dubai to Harare as they are part of the Asia Cup squad.
The convention in BCCI was that the second tier or A teams are always controlled by the head of the NCA and therefore Laxman will be with the Indian squad when the first team is on assignment elsewhere.
When the Indian team was in the UK in June-July, Laxman was with the T20 squad in Ireland while Dravid was with the Test squad in England.
KL Rahul is making a comeback in the national team after recovering from sport fracture surgery.
He was initially not supposed to be part of the Zimbabwe squad, but as the medical team has found him fit, he will be with the team for the three ODIs, which will be good exercise for him in the run-up to the big Asia Cup. .
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