Former Indian Opener Wasim Jaffer Appointed As Odisha Cricket Coach

The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) has appointed former Indian Test opener and veteran cricketer Wasim Jaffer as the chief coach of the senior men’s team ahead of the upcoming domestic season. For now, Jaffer has been handed a two-year contract.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the OCA’s Cricket Advisory Committee. Jaffer would be replacing former state captain Rashmi Ranjan Parida, who was at the helm for two seasons.

“Besides the development of cricket across all age groups, he will also be a part of coaches development programme across the state”, said Sanjay Behera, secretary, OCA.

This appointment will be Jaffer’s second stint as the head coach of any state team. After his retirement in March 2020, he coached the Uttarakhand team but later resigned following a fallout with the association.

In his cricket career, Jaffer played 31 Tests and 2 ODIs. He is also the batting coach of Kings XI Punjab, which plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Hailing from Mumbai, Jaffer secured back-to-back wins at the Ranji Trophy and the Irani Cup. Later on, he played for Vidarbha towards the end of his illustrious career.

In the last domestic cricket season, Odisha reached the quarter finals, where they were defeated by Bengal. Batting has been the team’s weakness for a long time.

The camp for the senior team is scheduled to begin from July 25, subject to government approval.

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