Ramji Srinivasan will be the Indian cricket team’s trainer for the forthcoming ODI tri-series in Sri Lanka. He has been asked to report in Bangalore on August 26 for the preparatory camp.

“I’m elated,” said Ramji, who received his letter of appointment on Saturday. “The BCCI and the Indian cricketers have shown a lot of trust in me. The onus is now on me, and I’m confident I will deliver.”

Ramji, who oversaw the fitness assessment of Indian cricketers at New Delhi and Mumbai earlier this month, said he would evolve a specialised regime for the team with a long-term view. “The cricketers were very enthusiastic during the tests, and the fitness levels were found to be satisfactory,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with them.”

The Indian team hasn’t had a trainer since Greg King asked the BCCI to relieve him last February. Paddy Upton, the mental conditioning coach, doubled up as trainer under coach Gary Kirsten.

Ramji, widely considered among the best trainers in India, oversaw Sachin Tendulkar’s rehabilitation after shoulder surgery in 2006. His portfolio includes work with the MRF Pace Foundation, the National Cricket Academy, and the Mumbai Indians.

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