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Karnataka's J Arun Kumar appointed coach of US cricket team

PTI
Published Apr 28, 2020, 8:27 pm IST
Updated Apr 28, 2020, 8:27 pm IST
Arun Kumar went to USA and met the support staff, selectors and players at a talent camp in Houston
Former Karnataka coach J Arun Kumar (C) with captain Vinay Kumar and wicket-keeper Gautam CM during a practice session at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. DC Photo: R. Samuel
 Former Karnataka coach J Arun Kumar (C) with captain Vinay Kumar and wicket-keeper Gautam CM during a practice session at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. DC Photo: R. Samuel

Chennai: Former Karnataka batsman J Arun Kumar was on Tuesday appointed coach of the USA cricket team and listed earning a Test status, by his own admission a "far-fetched" thought at the moment, among his long-term goals.

Jak, as he is known in the cricketing circles, has worked with the Karnataka team for several years and as batting coach with IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab.

 

"... Following an exhaustive recruitment process, former first class Ranji Trophy and IPL player and coach, J Arun Kumar, had been identified as the preferred candidate for the next men's head coach," USA Cricket chief executive Iain Higgins said on its website.

The CEO added, "He travelled to the USA to meet support staff, selectors and players at a talent camp in Houston and to continue those discussions with us.

"I'm delighted to say that we have subsequently reached agreement with Jak that he will take up the role and be permanently based in the United States as and when his working visa has been obtained."

 

Arun Kumar was also in charge of a fledgling Puducherry team before quitting in February owing to differences with the association officials.

The Covid-19 pandemic has however prevented a prompt departure for the United States.

Arun kumar, who scored over 7,200 runs in first-class cricket and over 3,000 runs in List 'A' games, had guided Karnataka to a treble for two successive seasons -- Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Irani Cup -- in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Delighted to get the role, the 45-year old said he has a vision for USA cricket, including making it a Test-playing nation.

 

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