New Delhi:BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan announced the arrival of another South African in the Indian camp as he named Eric Simons as the new Indian bowling coach, a vacancy left by Venkatesh Prasad after the Champions trophy last year.
Officially, Eric Simons has been appointed Bowling Consultant of the Indian cricket team for the Test series against Bangladesh, and the Test and ODI series against South Africa.
Simons, 47-year-old, has played 23 one-day internationals for South Africa and has a rich lineage in the coaching profession. He was South Africa's head coach from 2002-2004, a period when Gary Kirsten, India's current coach, played under him.
Simons spread his first-class career, mostly with Western Province, over 17 seasons as a right-arm medium pacer and a handy lower middle order batsman.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni had earlier remarked that Kirsten was being over burdened and that the absence of a fielding and bowling coach was hurting Team India's performance.