This might be his first stint as a head coach with a crew. “I am becoming the head coach of any team for the first time. It is very challenging and something new for me, straightaway after my playing career and I’m looking forward to it,” Jaffer mentioned.

“This is a new team, they have done well. They played the quarterfinals (of the Ranji Trophy in 2018-19 season) against Vidarbha. But they have gone back to Group D (Plate group), so it is going to be a big challenge. I am happy that I am starting from the bottom and for me, it is going to be a good experience,” he added.

The 42-year-old mentioned he loved mentoring kids throughout his time in Mumbai and Vidarbha and is trying ahead to turning issues round for Uttarakhand. “I have heard that a lot of talented players are coming from there. I am hoping to turn them into good players and (Uttarakhand) as a good team,” he mentioned.

“In my last five-six years, I have mentored youngsters; it is something which I enjoy, to be honest. I take a lot of happiness to help the youngsters and see them grow,” added Jaffer, who has featured in 31 Tests and two ODIs for India.

Uttarakhand had reached the quarterfinals of their debut Ranji Trophy season in 2018-19, the place they misplaced to Vidarbha, by an innings and 115 runs. They did not advance to the quarterfinals within the subsequent season from Group C.

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