Former India spinner, Sunil Joshi has been named as chief coach of the Assam Ranji Trophy team for the next two seasons. The former Karnataka cricketer, who previously coached Jammu & Kashmir and Hyderabad, will replace statemate Sanath Kumar. With the upcoming Ranji Trophy being played in neutral venues, Joshi, a veteran of 69 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 13 Test matches, felt the new format will help players improve their skills. Joshi expressed his happiness on his appointment as he has kept a close watch on the Assam team who reached the knockout stages in the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 season and would like to help them in carrying on the momentum.According to Cricbuzz, speaking on his appointment as Assam coach, Joshi stated, “Assam proved that they are one of the tough teams by progressing to the Ranji Trophy semifinals last season. They have a great bowling unit while the batsmen need to contribute enough to complement their bowlers. My aim is to help them continue the good work”, said Joshi, who also worked as a spin coach with Oman national team for the ICC World Twenty20 (T20I) 2016 in India. “When players are exposed to unfamiliar conditions they will look to improve their overall skills to excel in challenging conditions. It is one of the best initiatives by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but they should persist with it for a minimum of three years to get results,” concluded Joshi who finished a stellar domestic career with a record 489 first-class wickets.