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Cricket news - Tinu Yohannan named Kerala head coach

"My aim is to create an atmosphere in which each player is able to perform to the best of his ability." - Yohannan

"My aim is to create an atmosphere in which each player is able to perform to the best of his ability." - Yohannan

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) have named Tinu Yohannan as the coach of Kerala. The decision was taken by the state association in an online general body meeting.

In 2001, Yohannan became the first cricketer from Kerala to represent India when he made his Test debut against England. The right-arm bowler will replace Dav Whatmore who was at the helm for three seasons.

Under Whatmore, Kerala progressed to the quarterfinal of the Ranji Trophy in 2017-18, and bettered their performance in the following year when they reached the semifinals. However, in 2019-20, Kerala got demoted to Elite Group 'C' as they managed to win just one game in the entire season.

Yohannan, who has represented his national side in three ODIs and three Tests, is no stranger to the role. In the 2016-17 season, the lanky pacer was Kerala's bowling coach. Incidentally, when then-coach P Balachandran was sacked midway through that season, Yohannan took over as the head coach.

In a chat with Onmanorama, Yohannan said: "It's an exciting challenge. I have been part of this family and one big plus is that I am no stranger to the players. My aim is to create an atmosphere in which each player is able to perform to the best of his ability."

Although there are no cricketing activities in India due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Kerala players have been advised to work on their fitness. "The players have been told to keep themselves fit and be ready for the domestic season as and when it starts. They can also work on their individual game in this period," he said.

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