No Indian coach in contention, says Shah

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Meanwhile Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Nirajnan Shah today said no Indian was in contention for Team India coach and only the selected two will be interviewed on June 9.

Shah, who arrived here from Bangalore for the coaches committee meeting said there are only two names before the panel- Graham Ford and John Emburey. ''There is no question of an Indian coach now'', he emphasised.

He said a decision would be taken and announced after Ford and Emburey make their presentations before the Coaches Committe on Saturday.

Asked why Dav Whatmore was dropped, Shah said, ''It is the panel's decision.''

Asked about the reason for Sunil Gavaskar's choice of John Emburey, he said, ''it is his personal suggestion. I can't answer that question.'' Shah also said the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting here on Friday would discuss the development of the game in the Asian continent.

Meanwhile, Graham Ford, the hot contender for the post to take over from Greg Chappel, arrived here this evening.

However, he refrained from speaking to the waiting media.

Vishy ready to take India coaching job: With former Test cricketers rooting for an Indian to be appointed as the coach of Team India, little master Gundappa Vishwanath today expressed his willingness to give something back to the game close to his heart.

In a chat with newspersons at the KSCA stadium here on Thursday, he said, ''Why not, it would be a good opportunity for me to give something back to the game.'' Answering a question, he said there was nothing wrong in having a coach for different disciplines.

''Cricket is not just a game of bowling and batting. It needs high amount of skills and in every section of the game skill needs to be polished thoroughly and continuously.

So, there is nothing wrong in having separate coaches for bowling, batting or fielding,'' he added.

Acknowledged as the most stylish right hand batsman, Vishwanath made his debut in 1969 against Australia at Kanpur. He scored 6080 runs in 91 Test matches before retiring from first class cricket in 1983.

'Vishy' as he is known, had also played 25 ODIs after making his debut in this format against England in 1974.


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