Decision on Team India coach likely in a month: Pawar

Published: Friday, August 3, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will finalise the new coach for Team India in a month's time, BCCI President Sharad Pawar said here today.

He told newspersons at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) here that the Board had written to Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) and Cricket Boards in New Zealand, England and West Indies requesting them to propose some prospective candidates for the assignment.

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''We are expecting responses soon. The Coach Selection Committee then will take a decision. It is likely that this job will be completed in one month's time'' he added.

On the unsavoury incident of a spat between Zaheer Khan and England batsman Kevin Pieterson, during the just concluded second Test on the alleged incident of throwing of fruit jelly beans while the Indian was batting, Pawar said, ''it was better if the incident is forgotten by both teams. However, the ICC has called for a meeting in this regard on August six in Dubai. It is to the ICC to do what it thinks is right,'' he said.

Ruling out the return of former Indian coach Greg Chappell,Pawar said the Australian would not have any role as of now in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) or in any other BCCI controlled units. On former Captain Kapil Dev's continuance as Chairman of the NCA based in the city, he said it would not be a problem if some former players involve themselves in organising matches. ''Some players are actually doing so. But if they do it without the sanction of the BCCI it could not be allowed.

Kapil, despite being the NCA chairman, recently kicked up a controversy by joining the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) promoted by media baron Subhash Chandra which had not been recognised by the BCCI.

Kapil had said that there was nothing wrong in joining ICL.

However, the BCCI did not approve this and the World Cup winning captain was likely to be sacked as the NCA Chairman.

On ICL he said any effort that helps former players gain some much needed funds was not a problem with BCCI. However, anyone organising cricket tournaments or matches on a regular basis would bring problems and the BCCI would not be a silent spectator, he added.

Mr Pawar said specialist coaches like bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and fielding coach Robin Singh had been doing a tremendous job. ''They are doing very well. Players like them very much too. We will decide later about giving them extension,'' he said.

The BCCI chief was brought to the KSCA by its Secertary Brijesh Patel to clarify over media reports that BCCI was meddling in the election of the Karnataka State's Cricket Board which is due in October. It was a coup of sorts by Brijesh Patel who had recognised himself with the Jagmohan Dalmia who had contested against Mr Pawar in the BCCI elections.

Pawar categorically stated that BCCI, directly or indirectly, was not asserting its power over the elections of the state bodies.

''I was elected unopposed and my responsibility is to act in such fashion. KSCA members can select or elect officebearers of their choice and BCCI will not influence any body. There will be no suggestions, support or blessings to any particular group of person from my side,'' he clarified.

He gave a clean chit to Brijesh Patel and the other office bearers of his group of doing a very good job in promoting cricket and developing good infrastructure not only in Bangalore but in the districts also.


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