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Rajput appointed interim head coach of Zimbabwe

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Former was today appointed as interim head of the team.

Rajput replaced former pacer Heath Streak, who was sacked in March after the team failed to qualify for the next year's

"They contacted me yesterday. It is a good opportunity for me to take ahead," Rajput told

Zimbabwe also tweeted the development.

"ZC has named as Zimbabwe's interim head The 56-year-old former is a highly qualified, who was in charge when won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007. We wish you all the best! #Welcome," Zimbabwe Cricket tweeted.

Rajput, who played two Tests and 4 ODIs, is considered a stalwart in cricket He opened batting for the domestic giants.

He was the Dhoni-led Indian team which lifted the inaugural T20 in

He was also the Indian when the team had lifted the CB Series in in 2008.

Rajput had also coached Afghanistan, who now have earned Test status, and was praised for his enormous work. He had become the coach in 2016.

In the last domestic season, he had coached and the former batsman was also in the race to become India coach but was pipped by

Rajput had also mentored a team in the and had held administrative positions in Cricket Association.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 20:55 IST