Former Karnataka batsman J Arunkumar named as USA national coach


Former Karnataka batsman J Arun Kumar was on Tuesday appointed coach of the USA cricket group and listed incomes a Test standing, by his personal admission a “far-fetched” thought in the meanwhile, amongst his long-term objectives.

Jak, as he’s recognized within the cricketing circles, has labored with the Karnataka group for a number of 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 govt Iain Higgins mentioned on its web site.

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 now we have subsequently reached settlement with Jak that he’ll take up the function and be completely primarily based within 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.

“Of course, the COVID-19 disaster has now offered some challenges across the scope of the function within the brief/medium time period, however we look ahead to finishing the entire preparations and to welcoming him extra formally sooner or later,” Higgins said.

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.

“The very first thing relies on my visa and when the coronavirus state of affairs will finish within the US, so it is all primarily based on that. At what time my visa will probably be authorized, that is after I will probably be heading there.

“There are long, mid and short-term goals and my vision obviously will be that the USA in the coming years will be one of the Test playing nations.

“It’s a far-fledged purpose, however sure, that is the imaginative and prescient and as of now the brief time period will probably be World Cup league.

“We will have to be the top side in that and then go to the next level,” Arun Kumar informed PTI in an interplay.

He additional mentioned the rapid purpose is to get the group collectively after a nasty run in Nepal.

“Priority is to get the team together, we had a bad run in Nepal, so obviously the team is on little down slide, so we will get up and the immediate short-term goal is to get in touch with players.

“This lockdown provides us time to really know one another, though we’re unfold out in several components of the nation, and it’s provides us time to attach higher and work on sure psychological and tactical points of the sport,” he added.

Arun Kumar had been in the US briefly some time ago and had met some officials, selectors and players at a camp in Houston.

“I met some officers, selectors and gamers at a expertise camp in Houston and acquired an perception of what I can count on sooner or later and primarily based on these now we have designed a pathway for junior to senior cricket and ladies’s cricket.

“It is a work in progress,” he mentioned.

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