Vikram Solanki appointed Surrey head coach

Former England batsman Vikram Solanki has been named as Surrey’s next head coach.

Solanki, who played 51 one-day internationals and three Twenty20s for his country, has been part of the Brown Caps’ backroom staff since retiring as a player in 2016.

He replaces Australian Michael Di Venuto, who was in the last year of his contract and had already announced he would not be returning to the Kia Oval following the suspension of the season.

“I am now really excited to be taking over as head coach,” said Solanki. “We have a very talented group of players at Surrey CCC and will be looking to compete in all formats – both in any competitions that are able to be staged this summer and in the future.”

Solanki brings a wide range of experience to the role, having also worked as an assistant coach to the likes of Gary Kirsten in the Indian Premier League and Tom Moody in Dubai’s T10 competition.

In an administrative capacity Solanki has worked widely representing players, acting as both chairman and interim chief executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association and now as president of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations.

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