National Cricket Academy coaches Sitanshu Kotak, Sairaj Bahutule and Munish Bali will be part of the support staff for the Indian cricket team, which will be captained by VVS Laxman, on the short tour of Ireland later this month.
Kotak, who was part of the India A set up earlier, will be batting coach while Bali and Bahutule, who were part of the U-19 World Cup winning campaign in the Caribbean earlier this year, were entrusted to the pitch and the bowling alley. functions.
NCA chief Laxman will coach the team in Ireland with matches scheduled for June 26 and 28 in Malahide.
With head coach Rahul Dravid and the other senior team support staff set to leave for England with the Test squad later this week, the trio of Bali, Kotak and Bahutule have already joined the team currently playing against South Africa at home.
“Following the departure of the senior support staff for the England tour, Bali, Bahutule and Kotak will take over the remaining T20 duties against South Africa in Rajkot and Bengaluru.”
“They have already been part of the limited overtaking team for some time and by the time the senior support staff leave for England they will be ready for the task,” a BCCI official told PTI.
The Irish series team has yet to be announced. The short tour coincides with the England tour where India are supposed to reschedule the fifth Test against England from July 1. India leads the series 2-1.
Before that, India will play a four-day warm-up against Leicestershire from June 24-27.
India will field a squad of mainly T20 specialists against Ireland, but a full squad is expected for the white ball leg of the English tour comprising three T20s and as many ODIs from July 7.