New Delhi: Former South African coach Eric Simons will join the Indian team as bowling coach.
Simons, a former cricketer who played 23 one-dayers and was also South Africa's coach from 2002 to 2004, may be asked to join the squad in Bangladesh before the first Test gets underway in Chittagong.
He has been appointed on a trial basis for this Test series on the recommendation of coach Gary Kirsten.
Coach Gary Kirsten, it is learnt, is keen to have Simons on board after former India paceman Venkatesh Prasad was sacked from the post in October just before the home series against Australia.
Hailing from South Africa's Western Province, all-rounder Simons made his international debut at the age of 32 and took just 33 wickets and scored 217 runs.