Ford ready for the ~~biggest job in world cricket~~

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg:The top contender to take over the reigns of Team India, former South African coach Graham Ford has expressed his keeness to coach Dravid and Co, terming it as the 'biggest job in world cricket'.

''This is the biggest job in world cricket - there's nothing bigger than this and if I have to land it and retire after a stint with this country - whose players are outstanding and who have a core of really world class stars, supporters who are passionate about the game and in a country that lives the game - then I would have achieved everything a cricket coach would want,'' Ford said.

Ford's name was proposed by Indian team manager Ravi Shastri who approached him to gauge his willingness in holding the pivotal post.

''Out of the blue I was approached by Ravi (Shastri) last on Wednesday, asking me if I was keen on being India's next coach. I replied that I would be honoured to be the squad's next coach. So he asked me to apply for the job which I did,'' the 46-year-old said.

''I have not had any further discussions with anyone except to say that I've been asked to attend a meeting where further details of the job will be revealed to me. I must admit I've very keen,'' he added.

Former English spinner John Emburey is also in the running for the post and hence Ford, although hopeful, doesn't want to over estimate his chances.

''There are two coaches in the running - I know for a fact that I've been asked to fly to India for further discussions and that there's another. And I don't know who or where he is from.

But I'm very excited at the prospect and deeply honoured to be asked to apply,'' he was quoted as saying by South Africa's Daily News.

If Ford gets the nod over John Emburey, he will be earning a hefty million dollars a year.

However, Ford will have to iron out some of the hurdles before he takes the plunge, given the fact that he is currently coaching Kent in the English County Championship and still has another season on his latest contract with the team.

''I'm going to India - I don't know when as we have a game this weekend and we are trying to work out the best possible solution. And I'd be thoroughly investigating every aspect of the job requirement,'' Ford said.


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