New coach to be selected only from list of applicants: Shah

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New Delhi, Nov 26 (UNI) The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) will not look beyond the list of applicantions while they pick the new coach for Team India ahead of the Australian tour, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said today.

''We are not going to look beyond the list because we don't want to give undue importance to anyone,'' Shah said.

He said that the board will select a coach only from the list of 20-22 applications and will not look beyon that.

Greg Chappel was the last Indian coach and the Indian team has been playing without a coach since then. Robin Singh is serving the Indian team as a fielding coach while former pace bowler Venkatesh Prasad is taking care of the bowling.

Earlier, the Board zeroed on Grahm Ford but the latter refused to serve the Indian team at the last minute.

The secretary played down the fact that the coach selection committee of which he is a member along with Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and S Venkataraghavan, Joint Secretary M P Pandove and Treasurer N Srinivasan, did not find time to meet but asserted the side would have a new coach before it embarks on the tour of Australia.

Among those who are in the running for the hot seat are former stumper and Maharashtra coach Chandrakant Pandit, former head of the Queensland Academy of Excellence Richard Done, Leicestershire coach Tim Boon, former Australia and South Africa international Kepler Wessels, Queensland coach Terry Oliver, Canterbury coach Dave Nosworthy and former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe.

UNI

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