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Kirsten emerges front-runner for coach~~s post

Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Former South Africa opener Gary Kirsten is being considered for the vacant Team India coaching role, BCCI sources revealed on Tuesday.

"Kirsten was interviewed by the BCCI's coach selection committee headed by Sunny Gavaskar yesterday (Monday) in Delhi," BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla told reporters. "The BCCI will make a formal announcement about the new coach in a week's time."

The prolific run-scorer in both the versions of the game, Kirsten featured in 101 Tests and 185 ODIs for South Africa in an 11-year career that ended in 2004.

Even though Kirsten emerged as front-runner, former Australian coach John Buchanan is also said to be in the reckoning. A decision is expected to be announced after the BCCI meeting in Kolkata on Dec 1.

India have been without a coach since Aussie Greg Chappell resigned after their first-round exit at the ICC World Cup in March and the team has had ad-hoc arrangements since the Bangla tour in May. Kirsten's fellow countryman Graham Ford said no to the BCCI's lucrative offer for the game's top post in the country in June and the board has since advertised the post.

Board secretary Shah told reporters on Monday that the committee had received more than 20 applications for the job but did not divulge names.

"BCCI President Sharad Pawar had said that the coach will be decided in about ten days and in keeping with his wish, the coach selection panel has expedited the process. The Indian team will definitely have a coach before it embarks on the tour of Australia next month," PTI quoted Shukla as saying.

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