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…