Prasad named UP coach
He has a wonderful work ethic, says Shukla
Karnataka cricketers seem to be the hot favourites for Ranji coaches’ job, the latest to join the list is former India paceman Venkatesh Prasad who has been appointed the Uttar Pradesh Ranji team coach for a two-year term beginning this season.
Confirming the news, UP Cricket Association Secretary Rajiv Shukla said that Prasad’s years of experience as coach of various teams would be of great help to Uttar Pradesh. “He has a wonderful work ethic and knows what is expected at this level," Shukla added.
Prasad told Deccan Herald that he had received an offer (for coach’s job) but still needed to work on terms and conditions of the contract. Prasad has served as bowling coach of the Indian cricket team and the Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings. For the last two years, he has been the bowling coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore who he had coached in the inaugural year before moving to CSK.
Prasad is the fourth player from the State to be roped in for coaching assignment by various teams since last season. Former State pacer K Sanath Kumar, who guided Karnataka to Ranji final in 2009-10 season, was grabbed by Baroda while former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi helped Hyderabad earn promotion from erstwhile Plate division.
Former State skipper Sujith Somasundar has taken up the job with Kerala State side from this year. In fact former India paceman Dodda Ganesh had briefly coached the Goan State side.