The 36 year old New Zealander retired from playing at the end of the season after becoming Quins’ record points scorer in his nine years at The Stoop.”I am delighted Nick has agreed to the offer to join the Harlequins coaching team,” the Premiership side’s director of rugby John Kingston said.”His role will allow him to bring new and innovative ideas which will benefit the team massively.”Evans won 16 caps for New Zealand and was one of the most successful overseas imports to the Premiership, winning the title with Quins in 2012.The first-five scored 2,249 points in his 208 senior appearances.During the past two years he has coached Wimbledon RFC, guiding them to promotion to National Two last season.”He was an unbelievably intelligent player and has already met considerable success coaching Wimbledon over the last few seasons,” Kingston added. Photo: PHOTOSPORT Nick Evans of Harlequins in action against the Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stoop, 2015.
No one saw that coming! Quite a few eyebrows were raised when Faiz Fazal was named in India’s limited-overs squad that is touring Zimbabwe next month. (Full Squad) Not many might remember his three-year stint (2009-11) with the suspended Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals. The left-handed opening batsman managed to be part of the club only till 2011 in which he played 12 matches. (Meet Shardul Thakur, rookie pacer called up for Tests vs West Indies) Cut to 2016, Fazal is all set to play under MS Dhoni in Zimbabwe. Riding on his strong domestic performances, Fazal has earned an India call-up and is now the only player in the squad without an IPL contract. Here are 10 things to know about Faiz Fazal The 30-year-old made his first class debut way back in 2003 for Vidarbha against Jammu and Kashmir. Since then, he has played 79 first-class matches and has scored 5341 runs at 40.25.Fazal played 12 IPL matches during his three-year stint with Rajasthan Royal and scored 185 runs. Fazal is currently playing T20 cricket in England.Playing for Hetton Lyons Cricket Club in the Durham County, Fazal scored a couple of centuries this season. His first ton (104) came off 101 balls and his second was a patient knock (108 off 163).Fazal was the top-scorer for Vidarbha in the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season with 559 runs at an average of 39.92 including two centuries. Notably, the left-handed opener is the vice-captain of his Ranji team.Fazal scored a match-winning century for Ambati Rayudu-led India A in Deodhar Trophy final against Dinesh Karthik led India B in January this year.Fazal proved his worth in the 50-over Vijay Hazare tournament smashing 312 runs from seven matches at an impressive average of 52.Fazal asserted he was a big-match player when he scored a ton for Rest of India in his team’s record-breaking chase of 480 against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai in the Irani Cup final earlier this year. Fazal made 127 runs from 280 balls and set a solid platform for his team to gun down Mumbai’s total.Fazal’s first class stats show he can also roll his arm over a bit. The medium-pacer has 20 wickets against his name off 79 matches.Fazal, at 30, had told that his Ranji Team was aiming to become the fittest side in the country. The Indian selectors should have certainly taken note of his statement before adding him for the short-tour of Zimbabwe. advertisement