Renowned former South African all-rounder, Lance Klusener, has taken up a consulting role with the Tripura Cricket Association ahead of India’s upcoming domestic season.
In a significant development, Klusener, aged 51, has signed a contract to work with the association for 100 days annually. While his primary focus will be on assisting the Ranji side, he will also provide guidance and support to Tripura’s eight teams across various age groups in both men’s and women’s sections.
According to Timir Chanda, the vice-president of the Tripura Cricket Association, Klusener is set to arrive in Agartala, the state capital, on Saturday to commence his work with the local cricketers. During the initial phase, Klusener will spend 20 days in Agartala, observing the players’ performances and offering valuable advice.
Chanda expressed optimism about the positive impact of Klusener’s vast international experience on the cricketers’ development. He added that the local players are eagerly looking forward to collaborating with Klusener.
Klusener, who represented South Africa in 49 Test matches and 171 ODIs, has previously worked as Delhi’s consultant coach during the 2018-19 season. Presently, he serves as the coach of the Durban Super Giants in the SA20 tournament. Klusener has also held coaching positions such as batting coach for South Africa and Zimbabwe, and head coach for Afghanistan in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Earlier this year, Klusener withdrew his application for the role of South Africa’s white-ball coach. Despite being among the six candidates shortlisted by Cricket South Africa, Klusener decided to prioritize his involvement in T20 franchise roles and withdrew from the process.