Indian domestic news July 20, 2009

Bhupinder appointed Punjab coach

Cricinfo staff

Bhupinder Singh, the former Indian cricketer and national selector, has been appointed by the Punjab Cricket Association as coach for the 2009-10 season. The 44-year-old, who represented North Zone on the selection panel, will take over from Arun Sharma. Bhupinder represented India in two ODIs in 1994 and was Punjab captain from 1989-1991.

Bhupinder, who will be supervising the preparatory stage of the state probables camp starting from middle of next month, listed his priorities and said he wanted his team to make an "impact" in the near future. Punjab last won the Ranji Trophy in 1992-93.

"After many Punjab players left earlier to join the ICL, it did have a temporary affect," Bhupinder told PTI. "But now, we again want to build a strong side and eventually win the national championship. We will work hard to improve in all departments and hopefully make our presence felt."

Punjab had a disappointing season last time, finishing fifth among the eight teams in Group A of the Super League, and Bhupinder said it would be tough to get the team to start winning matches again. "Every season brings new hopes," he said. "We are looking at making an impact in the domestic championship."