Sandeep Patil to coach Oman in ICC Trophy

Published: Monday, December 6, 2004, 19:09 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former India star and current India 'A' coach Sandeep Patil has accepted an offer from the Oman Cricket Association to guide the country's national cricket squad in the forthcoming ICC Trophy One-day tournament.

But the erstwhile dashing batsman is still hopeful of taking up the India 'A' coaching job if invited in his free time.

"I'm taking up this job to coach the Oman national team only because India 'A' don't have any schedule to look forward to. It's an unfortunate situation," Patil said here today.

"I had written to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asking them to provide me with a calendar of events for the India 'A' team. But they don't have any programme. I can't wait indefinitely for something to crop up. I have a responsibility towards my family," Patil explained.

Asked what his responsibilities were vis-a-vis the Oman team, the former Test middle-order batsman said he was expected to visit Oman four times to coach the cricketers prior to guiding them in the ICC Trophy event in Ireland in July.

"The ICC Trophy is the qualifying event for the 2007 World Cup. I had earlier coached the team which reached the final of the 16-team ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur and lost to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)," Patil said.

"But in between if BCCI wants my services for India 'A', I am still available as I would not be stationed in Oman as I was in Nairobi, as coach of the Kenyan national squad," he added.

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