Kuruvilla will take charge of the team from today to prepare the boys for a busy season ahead, which will see the UAE embarking on an 18-day tour of Ireland and Scotland starting on June 24 before taking part in the qualifying matches for the 2011 World Cup in Namibia in November.
The 6'6" beefy bowler led the Indian pace attack during the West Indies tour in 1997 after Javagal Srinath pull out due to an injury. But despite a good performance, Kuruvilla was dropped from the team after the series.
However, the 39-year-old, who took up coaching after his retirement in 2000, doesn't have any regrets.
''I have no regrets. I am happy that I played for India at least for a year. There are so many good cricketers who don't get to play even one game for India. I will not complain on that count,'' Kuruvilla was quoted as saying in Gulf News.
Kerala-born Kuruvilla, who made his Test debut against the West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica, played 10 Tests and 25 one-dayers taking 25 wickets on both form of the game at an average of 35.68 and 35.60 respectively.