Panaji: Goa Cricket Association (GCA) have appointed former Test cricketer Jayantilal Kenia as the coach of the state Ranji team.
The 58-year-old Jayantilal from Hyderabad made his debut for India in 1971 and toured West Indies and England. He has a coaching experience of 15 years and has passed third level coaching in Adelaide, Australia under Frank Tyson.
Jayantilal was also the coach of the Malaysian national cricket team before joining Goa. When asked about the recent failures of the Goa team he said there is good talent in Goa team but lacks physical fitness.
Meanwhile, the president of Goa Cricket Association Mr Dayanand Narvekar, who is also the deputy chief minister of Goa said BCCI had hiked the annual subsidy to the GCA by Rs 30 lakh. He said the subsidy raised from the initial Rs 15 lakh to Rs 45 lakh will be utilised towards building the game's infrastructure like preparing indoor pitches and buying equipment.
For indoor pitches the plans are afoot to purchase space in north Goa and south Goa, Mr Narvekar added.