The BCCI has appointed former cricketer Arshad Ayub as the manager of the Indian cricket team for the 2015 World Cup. This is a surprise for as the former Indian offie had retured to India at the end of the four-Test series in Australia last month.
According to sources from Mumbai Mirror, the decision to appoint Ayub as the manager was finalised by BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel on Tuesday. Ayub is will join the squad on February 7, a day before India’s first practice match against Australia at Adelaide.
The BCCI, however, gave no clear explanation behind Ayub’s back-to-back appointment for the role. It has been assumed that interim president Shivlal Yadav vouched for the former spinner. When asked, Ayub too refused to reveal much and said the BCCI was answerable for the decision. Ayub has played 13 Tests and 32 ODIs for India from 1987 to 1990.
Ayub said that he had developed a rapport with the players during the Test series. “The players know me well. There is a sort of comfort level between both parties. Ayub also believes that India are one of the favourites to lift the trophy. “I consider India to be strong contenders for the World Cup. I hope we will be able to defend it,” Ayub said.