Madan Lal may be named as interim coach

Written by: Suresh Parekh
Published: Wednesday, September 6, 2000, 11:05 [IST]
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Rajkot: It will not be a piece of surprise if the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) president Dr A C Muthiah comes out with the name of Madan Lal as the interim coach of the Indian team for the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Knock Out tournament at Nairobi in Kenya.

It is learnt from the realiable sources in the BCCI that the president is not in favour of an official coach for the time being. He and other top guns in the BCCI are considering the name of Madan Lal as the possible choice as an interim coach on a temporary basis.

It is also known that Kapil Dev has been informed about his future position and the Board officials are delaying their decision on Kapil Dev because they expect some report soon from the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Income Tax Department.

It was also revealed that Board members were reconsidering the name of Kapil Dev for the Kenya tour. However, one school of thought believes that it would be controversial to retain Kapil as he himself has lost interest in the game following the allegations and accusations of match-fixing.

Meanwhile Madan Lal is being rumoured as the strongest contender for the post. So far no official statement has come from Madan Lal, but it is believed that the BCCI chief has already sounded out the former coach and current selector from North Zone.

The logic behind his name is that he was the coach of the Indian team not so long ago and he knows most of the players as well. If he goes with the team as a coach his presence will be an additional advantage as he is also a national selector.

A few senior players have expressed the desire for the presence of selectors during the last couple of series. The other contender, whose name is doing the rounds, is that of another former coach Anshuman Gaekwad. He had also acquitted creditably as coach of the Indian team during 1998 and 1999.

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