Coach selection: Sachin wants players to be heard

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Chittagong:Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar wants BCCI to take inputs from players before finalizing a new coach for the Indian cricket team.

Speaking to the reporters after blasting his 36th Test ton against Bangladesh, Tendulkar said he had no idea about BCCI's seven-member coach selection panel holding a sitting in Bangalore on June 4 to select the new coach.

Greg Chappell quit after India's dismal performance in the latest edition of the World Cup in the West Indies.

''I have no idea. We did not have a meeting with the BCCI and we hope that our inputs would be considered,'' Tendulkar said.

Earlier today, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said, ''The final decision on appointing a new coach for the Indian team would be taken by June 10 by the Coach Selection Committee headed by BCCI president Sharad Pawar.'' The other members of the committee are three former skippers Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and S Venkatraghavan -- Board teasurer N Srinivasan and joint secretary M P Pandove. Shah is the convenor of the Committee.

India is without a full-time coach since Chappell put in his papers. The Board subsequently appointed Ravi Shastri as cricket Manager for the Bangladesh tour only.

Outgoing Banlgadesh coach Dav Whatmore is being touted as the top contender for the post after he expressed his interest and has already held preliminary discussions with Shastri.

Tendulkar's comments assume significance in the context of Chappell's frequent spat with the players during his tenure.

Praising Shastri as a ''very positive player and person'', Tendulkar said, ''the former all-rounder has been a great help for the team during the tour.'' ''It always helps to have a positive person. Ravi has been a great help as I know what he expects from me and what is to be expected of him. We have played cricket together. He has a good cricketing brain. He played a lot of Test matches and has got many runs,'' the master blaster said.


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