Venkatesh Prasad has denied the reports of him applying for the post of Head Coach of Indian cricket team. Instead, the former India pacer has said he is eager to work as an assistant coach or bowling coach with the side,
“I’ve not applied for the head coach’s role yet and might not do so before the deadline. However, I’m very much keen to contribute to Indian cricket as an assistant coach or a bowling coach. I can work under Ravi Shastri or Virender Sehwag or whoever becomes the head coach and bring in my experiences as an international cricketer and a former coach,” Prasad told Cricbuzz.
Prasad has cleared the rumours of him applying for the Head Coach job the very same day. Though he is looking to work with the Indian team again. He had worked as the bowling coach of Indian cricket team between 2007 and 2009, where India successfully lifted the inaugural edition T20 World Cup in 2007. Prasad had also coached IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has worked with Virat Kohli in the RCB camp, which can have an impact at the time if BCCI decides to add him to the backroom staff. (Read Here: Ravi Shastri To Apply For Head Coach Job)
Presently, Indian team is without any bowling coach and Prasad can be the one who can fill this void in the Indian camp. Though the name of Zaheer Khan has cropped up on occasions, but no official word has come out, following disagreements between BCCI and Zaheer Khan. Along with that, the present support staff is also working on tour to tour basis, as their contract has already ended in the month of March, with BCCI giving them an extension for ICC Champions Trophy and West Indies series. (Read Here: Rajeev Shukla To Head BCCI Committee)
In all likelihood, the new Head Coach will bring support staff of his choice, as we have seen in past. It is certain that BCCI will have to appoint a new support staff after the conclusion of West Indies series. Prasad can fit in it perfectly, due to his experience as a coach and also working with the Indian team in past.
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