More names may crop up for cricket coach


Ahmedabad : More names for the post of coach for the Indian cricket team could crop up for discussion when a committee meets June 4 to select Greg Chappell's successor, said a top board official here Monday, even as Dave Whatmore is considered to be the frontrunner for the job.

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"More names are likely to crop up on June 4 when the seven-member committee meets to discuss on the issue," said Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), refusing to divulge names of any of the probable candidates.

"A final decision on appointing the coach will be taken between June 10-12," Shah said.

Board officials including Shah and President Sharad Pawar met Whatmore over the weekend on the sidelines of the first India-Bangladesh Test in Chittagong.

Asked about the meeting, Shah said: "It was Whatmore who showed interest in coaching the Indian team and it was he who approached us." Whatmore's contract with Bangladesh Cricket Board ends May 31.

Meanwhile, Shah said the BCCI have enough support to get Pawar elected as head of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"Our president becoming ICC president is very important. Cricket is highly popular game in India so why not a president from India?" he asked.

"Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa are supporting Pawar so why should the next ICC president not be from India?"

On the Zee Group's plans to launch a parallel cricket league, Shah said the board was still looking into the matter. "Since the Zee Group had not yet approached BCCI, I cannot say much on that yet," he said.

Asked about the poor performance of the Indian team in the just-concluded World Cup, he said: "Performance will improve on its own. We lost a match in a crucial stage and also could not enter the Super 8. But now the team is expected to do well against Bangladesh and also against other teams."