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Surrey Appoint Vikram Solanki as New Head Coach

 

Surrey Appoint Solanki: Former England Man Takes Charge

Surrey CCC have appointed former England batsmen Vikram Solanki as the new head coach, replacing the outgoing Michael Di Venuto.

Vikram Solanki has been around the Surrey camp since February 2018, as Assistant Coach to Australian Di Venuto, he helped the county to their first Specsavers County Championship for 16 years in his first season.

Solanki who played 51 ODI’s for England was famously the first ever ‘super sub’ used in a match v Australia back in 2007. The former opening batsman will take over with immediate effect as the squad returns to training over the coming weeks. No domestic cricket has been possible this season due to coronavirus, it is hoped a start may be possible from July.

No stranger to county cricket Solanki spent the majority of his playing career at Worcestershire CCC, where he also spent five seasons as captain. In 2013 he made the move down to Surrey for the final two years of his playing career.

His coaching career has seen him take a role in the Indian Premier League with the Chennai Super Kings, coaching the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

Solanki will demand the respect of the Surrey squad owing to his wealth of experience, with over 18,000 first-class runs to his name he has certainly been there and done it.

Outside of playing and coaching, Solanki has also served as chairman and chief executive for the players union – Professional Cricketers Association.

Surrey Director of Cricket Alec Stewart said he has ”total confidence and faith Vikram will step up to his new role”

Solanki himself told the Surrey website ”I am now really excited to take over as head coach. We have a very talented group of players.”

The departing Australian Michael Di Venuto leaves the club after four years in charge. This season was always set to be his last season with the club, owing to the current situation he has stepped down early allowing Solanki to take over. He has wished the new head coach well on Twitter.

 

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