Shaun Tait, a former Australia pacer, has been appointed as the bowling coach of the Puducherry cricket team, according to sources in the Cricket Association of Pondicherry (CAP). Tait will join a coaching staff that comprises head coach Dishant Yagnik and strength & conditioning coach Kalpendra Jha.

For the next five months, the former Australia player was appointed bowling coach of the Afghanistan team. However, the unrest in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of the country has cast doubt on his stay there.

Tait might join the Puducherry team later this month, according to CAP sources. “Tait has indicated that he will join the Puducherry team later this month. If he receives a call from Afghanistan, he may join them and remain with the team before returning to Puducherry to resume his duties, according to the sources.

Tait will also coach the fast bowlers at the CAP facility in Puducherry. Tait, who represented Australia in three Tests, 35 One-Day Internationals, and 21 Twenty-20 Internationals, also played for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. With 23 wickets, the pacer was a key figure in Australia’s World Cup victory in the West Indies in 2007. Yagnik is now the Rajasthan Royals’ fielding coach. The CAP has built eight cricket grounds on one site, as well as an indoor facility.

In the upcoming domestic season, Rohit will lead the Puducherry squad in the Ranji Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and Vijay Hazare Trophy tournaments, where Puducherry will compete in the Elite group.