Abhay Sharma applies for Team India fielding coach post- Report

Abhay Sharma has been associated with India A, U19 and women's teams extensively | Twitter

Former FC cricketer Abhay Sharma has applied for the post of the Indian team fielding coach. Abhay Sharma has extensive experience as fielding coach of the India U19, India A, and India women’s teams.

Sharma, who has played 89 first-class games representing Delhi, Railways, and Rajasthan, was also the fielding coach of the Indian team which traveled to Zimbabwe in 2016. He also traveled with the Indian team on the tour of the USA and the West Indies in the same year.

Apart from head coach Ravi Shastri, fielding coach R Sridhar, bowling coach B Arun and physio Nitin Patel’s contracts are also finishing with the end of the T20 World Cup 2021, and BCCI has invited applications for the above-mentioned vacancies.

Sharma has emerged as one of the strong contenders for the fielding coach role and a BCCI source confirmed the same saying, “Abhay’s (Sharma) application has come today.”

The application deadline ends on November 3.

The 52-year-old has worked extensively alongside former India A and U19 coach Rahul Dravid, who has applied for the head coach position. Another India A coach Paras Mhambrey has applied for the bowling coach position.

India women’s cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj, and Harleen Deol had praised Abhay Sharma for his work with the team. Sharma has traveled to three U-19 World Cups, most recently in South Africa in 2020. He has also been part of around 10 India A tours.