Munish retained as Punjab head coach

Mohali, December 19

The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has appointed Munish Bali as the head coach for the second successive year for the upcoming domestic season 2020-21. He will be assisted by former Indian fast bowler Manpreet Singh Gony as bowling coach and Sandeep Sawal as fielding coach during the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy beginning from January 10.

This was decided in a meeting of the senior selection committee held on December 16. The committee included chairman Arun Sharma, Chandan Madan, Love Abhilish, Sameer Mehra and Balbir Singh. The meeting was also attended by Puneet Bali, PCA secretary, and Surjit Rai, PCA joint secretary.

It was also decided to appoint Girish Bhanot as the manager-cum-coordinator, Gaurav Sharma as physiotherapist, Sachin Kalra as physical trainer (on call for camps), Avinash as ball thrower, Jitender Billa as fitness trainer, Rahul as masseur and Amit Kumar as video analyst.

A 32-probable squad is attending a preparatory camp at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali. Punjab will travel to Bengaluru for its Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy matches. The team will leave on January 2. The probable and the support staff have undergone mandatory Covid tests twice. They will go to Ludhiana on December 21 to take part in the Ludhiana District Cricket Association tournament.

The committee decided to hold camps simultaneously during the season for those players who are talented but failed to make it to the senior team. It was unanimously decided that Devender Arora, who was part of the coaching staff of the senior men’s team last season, will be deputed to take these camps in Mohali while the tournament takes place along with Arun Bedi. — TNS

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