New Delhi:Gary Kirsten's imminent appointment as Team India's next coach has become the top talking point in cricketing circles.
The board has justified his appointment ahead of Lalchand Rajput saying his batting skills will be crucial for India. But the voices of dissent have already begun.
Mohinder Amarnath said it best when he told NDTV that the BCCI ignored him as a candidate to coach the Indian team because he did not use fair and lovely! No, it wasn't an endorsement for a product but rather an indictment of the board that is under fire from former cricketers once again for picking a foreigner Gary Kirsten.
The South African's appointment has particularly irritated the Indians because he had not even applied for the job.
Former Indian captain and coach Kapil Dev has also been constantly batting for an Indian coach.
Robin Singh was not good enough, despite his record as a junior coach in India and his international experience with teams like Hong Kong. Venkatesh Prasad too was not considered, probably because he is just a bowling coach. And Lalchand Rajput, who formally applied for the post of the coach wasn't even discussed and to top it all BCCI did not have an apologetic tone.
"Rajput is doing a good job in junior cricket, and he has done a good job with the U-19 side as well. He has done a good job with the national side as well, and the BCCI will keep using his service when needed," said Rajeev Shukla, Vice-President, BCCI.
Rajput's response to the BCCI explanation was a brief "no comment". But other like Sandip Patil were not quite as brief.
The former India coach who has written a book called 'Caught & Told', now has the BCCI caught and bowled.
Patil who coached Kenya to the World Cup semi-final in 2003 was so sick of the discrimination handed out to Indian coaches that he opted for the rebel Indian Cricket League or ICL.
Kapil Dev, who too was removed as chairman of the National Cricket Academy because he joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL) was equally severe on the BCCI.