BCCI coach selection committee to meet on Nov 3

Published: Friday, October 26, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: The coach selection committee will meet here next week, according to BCCI secretary.

''The coach selection committee (for the national team) will meet in the city on Nov 3,'' BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah told UNI over the phone from Rajkot on Friday.

The Indian team has been without a coach for last seven months since the resignation of Greg Chappell.

The team has functioned for the last seven months with cricket managers, with Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh being appointed as the bowling and fielding coach respectively. There has, however, been no head coach.

The cricket board had earlier appointed Graham Ford as the coach, but Ford after accepting the offer declined it leaving the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) red-faced. The board then put the matter on hold.

Subsequently, the BCCI decided to invite applications for the job but, despite receiving more than a dozen of CVs, preferred to play the waiting game.

The meeting of the special committee, headed by BCCI chief Sharad Pawar and comprising the Board's principal office-bearers along with ex-Test captains Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, is to be held two days before India's opening ODI against Pakistan at Guwahati.

Shah said the BCCI officials would also utilise the opportunity to hold discussions with the newly-appointed director of the National Cricket Academy, Dav Whatmore, over the academy's set-up.


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