Former Karnataka first-class batsman J Arunkumar was appointed the new head coach of the USA cricket team. Popularly known as Jak in the cricketing circles the 45-year old has had coaching stints in the past namely with Kings XI Punjab as their batting coach. Immediately after his appointment Arun stated earning a Test staus for USA is one of his long term goals. USA Cricket chief executive Iain Higgins said, Following an exhaustive recruitment process, former first-class Ranji Trophy and IPL player and coach, J Arun Kumar, had been identified as the preferred candidate for the next men's head coach.
The CEO added, "He travelled to the USA to meet support staff, selectors and players at a talent camp in Houston and to continue those discussions with us. "I'm delighted to say that we have subsequently reached agreement with Jak that he will take up the role and be permanently based in the United States as and when his working visa has been obtained." Arun Kumar was also in charge of a fledgling Puducherry team before quitting in February owing to differences with the association officials. The COVID-19 pandemic has however prevented a prompt departure for the United States. Arun Kumar, who scored over 7,200 runs in first-class cricket and over 3,000 runs in List 'A' games.