Vikram Solanki surprised there are not more British-Asian head coaches

Vikram Solanki was appointed Surrey head coach on 12 June

New Surrey head coach Vikram Solanki is surprised that it has taken so long for a British-Asian to be given a chance as a head coach in county cricket.

The India-born, Wolverhampton-educated ex-England one-day international made history when appointed on 12 June.

He had seemed likely to work in cricket administration – but Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart pointed him towards his new role.

“I couldn’t tell you why it’s taken so long,” said Solanki, 44.

“There are some brilliant coaches. I do know that. The likes of Min Patel [the former Kent spinner, now their ‘head of talent pathway’].

“There’s [former Yorkshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Sussex and Leicestershire fast bowler] Ajmal Shahzad as well, who is with the MCC as head coach.

“But, as far as the counties are concerned, I can’t offer you an…

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