Mumbai: Team India swashbuckler Yuvraj Singh has requested the Board of Control for Criciket in India (BCCI) not to delay the appointment of a full-time coach any longer.
India have been without a coach since Australian Greg Chappell resigned after their first-round exit at the World Cup in the Caribbean in March.
South African Graham Ford turned the job down in June and the board has since advertised the post.
"You need somebody to control the boys and talk to them," Yuvraj, vice-captain of the one-day team, told Headlines Today news channel over the weekend.
India, who emerged surprise winners in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa earlier this month, have had interim cricket managers since the tour of Bangladesh in May.
Former Test batsman Lalchand Rajput was rewarded for the team's Twenty20 World Cup success by having his interim spell as cricket manager extended for the home one-day series against Australia.
The second of the seven-match series will be played in Kochi on Tuesday. The opening one-dayer in Bangalore on Saturday was abandoned due to rain.
A special committee comprising former captains has been formed to consider the 20 applications that have been received.
The team is expected to have a full-time coach in place for the tour of Australia in December.