Cuttack, July 15, 2021 (Agencies): Former Test opener and domestic doyen Wasim Jaffer was named chief coach of the Odisha senior side for the upcoming domestic season.
“He (Jaffer) will be the head coach. He has been given a two-year contract,” Subrata Behera, Odisha Cricket Association CEO said.
Wasim Jaffer named chief coach by OCA’s Cricket Advisory Committee
The decision was taken following a meeting of OCA’s Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Asjit Jayaprakasam, Chinmayananda Jena and Kishore Mania.
Jaffer replaced former state captain Rashmi Ranjan Parida, who was at the helm for two seasons.
It is learnt that Jaffer was approached by a few more teams but the domestic cricket legend opted for Odisha.
“Besides the development of cricket across all age groups, he will also be a part of coaches development program across the state. Jaffer is one of the legends of Indian cricket who hails from Mumbai and holds a very impressive playing & coaching profile. He holds three records in his name as the highest run-scorer in the First-Class matches and has the highest number of hundreds to his name in the First-Class cricket matches,” Odisha Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Behera said in a press release.
Jaffer played 31 Tests for India and scored 1944 runs with the highest score of 212. “Prior to accepting the Chief Coach offer from the Odisha Cricket Association, he was also the Head Coach of Uttarakhand Ranji Trophy Team for the year 2020-21. I’d like to wish him the very best for this new assignment and hopefully, he can rejuvenate Odisha Cricket and propel them to newer heights under his able leadership,” Behera added.
Wasim Jaffer named chief coach in second stint
This will be Jaffer’s second stint as the head coach of any state team. Following his retirement in March 2020, Jaffer, who is the leading run-getter in Ranji Trophy, had coached Uttarakhand but he later resigned following a fall-out with the Association.
Jaffer’s last stint with Uttarakhand had come to an abrupt end after allegations of communal bias that he vehemently denied. Former team-mates like Anil Kumble had sprung to his defence, then.
Wasim Jaffer’s playing career
A triple-century in only his second first-class game had Wasim Jaffer anointed as the great new hope of Mumbai cricket. He was a slightly-built opening batsman with the style and panache of the young Azharuddin.
He continued to pile on the runs in domestic cricket and a string of big scores in 2001-02 won him a place on the tour of the West Indies.
Once there, he stroked his way to two elegant half-centuries, though a worrying tendency to give it away when well set resulted in his losing his place at the top of the order.
He reminded the selectors of his quality with some superb batting for the A team on the 2003 tour of England, but spent three years in the domestic wilderness before being recalled to the squad for the third Test against Sri Lanka in 2005-06.
He made most of his first chance on return, against England at Nagpur in March 2006, notching up his maiden Test hundred and followed it up with a double against West Indies in June 2006.
After losing his place in the Test side to Gautam Gambhir, Jaffer made a strong statement through a bumper Rani season in 2008-09, scoring 1260 runs at 84, including a triple-century. He also captained Mumbai to their 38th and 39th Ranji title, as well as overseeing West Zone’s 16th Duleep Trophy success in early 2010.
Jaffer, who has played 31 Tests and 2 ODIs, is also the batting coach of Kings XI Punjab, which plays in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
The Mumbai stalwart, who later played for Vidarbha at the fag end of his illustrious career winning back-to-back Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup.
Odisha pins hopes as Wasim Jaffer named chief coach
Odisha had last reached quarters in the 2019-20 season when they lost to Bengal and batting has been the team’s weakness for a long-time.
The camp for the senior team is slated to begin from July 25, subject to the state government’’s approval keeping in mind the COVID-19 guidelines.