Full time coach or director? BCCI will take a call in September

Sudipta / 20 August 2015

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur confirmed that decision on either full-time coach or director will be taken in September. The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman will sit at BCCI headquarter in Mumbai after the end of the ongoing Sri Lanka series, and will take a call on entire coaching “set up”.

“I think it is very important to have a full-time coach for any team. We have taken some time to decide and most probably in the month of September, we will finalise the coach,” Thakur said on Thursday.

Anurag Thakur while having a conversation with Sanjay Manjrekar and Sunil Gavaskar, two BCCI commentator, said BCCI left the decision to appoint the new coach on CAC.

CAC will look after all the aspect whether India need a coach or team director. The decision on bowling and specialist batting coach will also be taken by CAC.

“We have left it to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) to decide how many people will be required, how many coaches will be required, whether a bowling coach, a batting coach, a full-time coach or a director. Let them take a call, come back to BCCI in September and before the South Africa series, I can assure you that we will take a call on that.”

Thakur praised Ravi Sashtri for having done good work with team India, but he indicated that Sashtri has a chance to hold the full-time position in the team, but if CAC find a suitable candidate then he will have to leave as Thakur said BCCI cannot keep many people in the team for same cause.

“(Ravi) Shastri is holding the position of the director for the last few months and he has done well with the Indian cricket team, the boys have given us a good feedback about him, so the only issue is if we want a full-time coach then what would be the set-up. We can’t be having 10 people with the Indian cricket team.

Asked if BCCI is concerned at the way Indian team is struggling against spin bowling and if the board is going to look at the domestic pitches differently, Thakur said: “I think this issue was discussed in the captain and coaches conclave as well.

Thakur was also asked whether India need a specialist as Indian batsmen struggling to handle spin bowling. He said BCCI will focus on preparing seam and bouncy pitches for domestic cricket.

“I think in the last few years we have moved towards green pitches and bouncy tracks. We have seen batsmen struggling against spinners in the last Test. Even in India A match in the first innings, the spinners took five wickets. So I think we will have to look at the domestic cricket and preparation of the pitches and see what we really require.”

The same question regarding BCCI stand on DRS system once again asked, Thakur said people should asking this question what BCCI is thinking about DRS, instead they should concentrate on how this technology could be 100 percent system. He also indicated BCCI is thinking about this system at a time when India badly suffered in the first Test at Galle, where two genuine out was denied by on-field umpires.

“It is not about an individual or an association to be against a system. I think we have to see why we don’t have a 100 percent system, or we have to make our mind that it is not going to be 100 percent.

“I think if you look at past few months, you will see that we have lost many matches and then we come back and say ‘oh we have lost this match, lets look at the DRS’. I think it is not only when we lose a match we should look at the system but we need to look at the overall feasibility of it, whether it is practical, whether it is close to 100 percent, whether it will help the decision to be implemented, if that is there, we have never closed our mind to that.

“BCCI’s (technical committee chairman) Anil Kumble and others had gone to the US to look at the system and see if we can improve it further. I think there are areas where we can look at and improve it to next level. If that is possible, the options are never closed,” said Thakur.


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