Cricket Australia have today confirmed former India One-Day International (ODI) player Sriram Sridharan will join the coaching staff for the Qantas Tour of India as a spin consultant, says a Cricket Australia media release.
Sridharan, who played eight ODIs for India, has been involved in the Australian coaching system for some time, having last assisted the men’s team on the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka in July 2016, as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in India earlier in that year.
Speaking on the appointment, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager Team Performance, Pat Howard, said it was good to have consistency in the spin consultant role.
“Sri has worked with us on a number of occasions now all across our pathway system and he is currently in Dubai with our Under-16 team providing his expertise on sub-continental conditions.
“He knows our players very well and has a wealth of knowledge on the conditions that our players will face in India.”
Sridharan said he was excited at the prospect of working with the Australian team again.
“As always, I consider it a great honour to be given the opportunity to work with the Australian Men’s Team once again. I really look forward to adding value and contributing to a winning cause, against a quality opposition.
“India is regarded as one of the toughest places to tour as a Test playing nation and I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Sridharan will travel to Dubai with the early departure of players on January 29 to train at the ICC Academy.
Sriram started his cricketing career as a left-arm spinner and took 29 wickets on India’s Under-19 tour of South Africa in the 1992-93 season. However, playing for Tamil Nadu, it was his batting which brought him wider recognition. His most prolific season was in 1999-2000 when he scored 1075 runs in the Ranji Trophy including 5 centuries, and was named as an Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year. Sriram was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
His consistent domestic form resulted in a call-up to the India national cricket team, and he made his One Day International debut against South Africa at Nagpur on 19 March 2000. However, a string of low scores meant that he lost his place in the squad after 6 matches.