New Delhi:The Indian cricket team will have a new coach before the Australia tour and till then Lalchand Rajput will continue as the cricket manager of the side, BCCI President Sharad Pawar said on Tuesday.
After an office-bearers' meeting here, Pawar said the coach selection committee would meet soon to appoint a "new person" before the tough tour of Australia beginning next month.
"We need to take a final decision on the appointment of the coach before the Australia tour. After discussion with coach selection committee, we will take a decision as soon as possible.
"And we desire to select a new person before the Australia tour," Pawar said.
BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla said Rajput would continue as the cricket manager of the national team till the end of the Test series against Pakistan.
The coach selection committee, which includes former captains Sunil Gavaskar, S Venkataraghavan and Ravi Shastri, was scheduled to meet in Mumbai on November 3 but the meeting was postponed indefinitely owing to Gavaskar's absence.
Incidentally, the committee had earlier also failed to meet on September 28 in Bangalore to discuss the applications.
BCCI has received around 25 applications for the coach's job.
The Indian team has been left without a full-time coach since Greg Chappell quit the job after India's World Cup debacle in the West Indies.
Since then, Chandu Borde (England), Ravi Shastri (Bangladesh) and Rajput (Twenty20 World Cup and home series against Australia and Pakistan) were roped in as makeshift cricket managers.