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J Arunkumar’s tenure as USA men’s head coach ends

J Arunkumar‘s tenure as USA males’s head coach has come to an finish after just below three years following a call by the board to not renew his contract. USA Cricket introduced on Wednesday that Arunkumar’s time with them had concluded following the tour of Namibia in November, the place they performed the final of their 36 ODIs in ICC Cricket World Cup League Two.

Arunkumar, who was employed in early 2020, needed to wait greater than a 12 months to really preside over a match as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. In the final 16 months, his USA groups produced a sequence of historic highs on the sector. But additionally they suffered a sequence of lows. The lack of consistency in the end contributed to Arunkumar’s departure, one thing he acknowledged in his farewell assertion.

“I am very thankful for my time as head coach of the USA Men’s National Team and will leave with plenty of fond memories from nearly three years in charge,” he stated in an announcement that the board issued. “I am pleased with the individual and collective progress of the team throughout my time but also disappointed that we couldn’t quite take our opportunities to qualify for a World Cup for the first time or perform more consistently in Cricket World Cup League 2.”

The largest win beneath Arunkumar got here throughout his first sequence on house soil when USA beat Ireland in December 2021. It was their first ever T20I win over a Full Member, as a part of a 1-1 sequence attract Florida.
However, USA’s failure to qualify for the T20 World Cup in 2022 left the directors pissed off. Due to their cash-strapped position, it was unlikely that USA Cricket would fireplace Arunkumar for this, and be caught having to pay him whereas additionally needing to rent a brand new coach, nonetheless, it turned clear that his contract wouldn’t be renewed on the finish of the 12 months.
The staff’s ODI outcomes had been a combined bag beneath Arunkumar. USA achieved victories each house and away in opposition to Scotland in 2022. But additionally they had a disastrous tour of Papua New Guinea in September during which they went winless. It included a tie and a loss to the hosts (PNG’s second win out of 28 ODIs to date within the league). The prime three groups within the seven-team league are assured locations within the 2023 ICC World Cup Qualifier, however USA’s poor string of outcomes means they’re prone to end outdoors that cut-off. So now, they should go right into a six-team event early subsequent 12 months, the place they need to end within the prime two to advance to the Qualifier to be performed in Zimbabwe.

Arunkumar gained a status early on as a participant’s coach who was extra a man-manager than an outright tactician. His affect helped renew confidence in veteran gamers like Malhotra, who was certainly one of Arunkumar’s first recalled gamers having been dropped from the USA squad in 2019 and Monank Patel, who took over as USA captain from Saurabh Netravalkar beneath Arunkumar in 2021.

Arunkumar’s tenure was additionally marked by handing out a big variety of debuts to youthful, usually homegrown skills. But the overwhelming majority have largely didn’t develop efficiently into turning into USA regulars beneath his watch. Abhishek Paradkar, Sanjay Krishnamurthi, Kyle Phillip, Yasir Mohammad, Ritwik Behera, Vatsal Vaghela, Sai Mukkamalla and Rahul Jariwala all acquired ODI or T20I debuts for USA since 2021. Yet all however Mukkamalla performed a handful of video games – the 18-year-old performed eight ODIs – earlier than being dropped as USA’s administration quickly defaulted again into the behavior of preferring former abroad professionals.

Shayan Jahangir was the latest of those to make his debut in November, with extra related picks anticipated to happen in 2023. Ex-New Zealand worldwide Corey Anderson is a part of a wave of players that may grow to be eligible for USA early subsequent 12 months beneath the ICC’s three-year residency standards.

USA Cricket has already begun its recruitment course of to discover a substitute for Arunkumar.

“Jak’s time at the helm began just as the world was going through the huge difficulties of the Covid pandemic and it wasn’t easy throughout the initial stages of his time in the USA,” stated Atul Rai, USA Cricket interim board chairman. “However, he always carried himself professionally and put the best interests of the team first and we would like to wish him well for the future as [he] moves on to new coaching opportunities.”

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