No deadline for coach appointment: BCCI
Mumbai, Sept. 29 (PTI): The Cricket Board postponed yesterday a selection meeting at Bangalore and made it clear that it was not fixing any deadine to appoint a new coach after Greg Chappell’s refusal to extend contract following India’s ODI World Cup debacle.
“We are not going to say when he’s (coach) going to be appointed. It will be done in reasonably quick time,” said BCCI Treasurer, N Srinvasan, after saying that the coach.
“Our president (Sharad Pawar) was not available for the meeting. We have not met yet and gone through any applications for the job that have been received by us,” he said.
“There has been little time. Players have just come back from England and then from the World Twenty20 Cup. We have back-to-back matches against Australia,” he added.
Since Chappell’s exit, India have managed with stop-gap arrangement with Ravi Shastri, who was Friday appointed by the BCCI as chairman of its National Cricket Academy, Chandu Borde and Lalchand Rajput – all former Test players – acting as the team’s cricket managers on different tours.
Rajput has been retained as the cricket manager for the seven-match series against Australia commencing at Bangalore today after successfully doing the job with triumphant Indian team in the twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.
Pressed further on the issue the BCCI official quipped “The country should be happy with the team doing well and the fans are eagerly looking forward to the series (against Austraia)”.