BCCI again snubs Indian coaches

Updated: 30 November 2007 18:11 IST

With Gary Kirsten's name coming to the fore, once again there is a long list of Indian candidates who would be unhappy with this decision.

BCCI again snubs Indian coaches

New Delhi:

With Gary Kirsten's name coming to the fore, once again there is a long list of Indian candidates who would be unhappy with this decision.

Lalchand Rajput would be number one on that list, having led the T20 team to a world cup win and a one-day series against Pakistan at home.

Sources close to Lalchand Rajput said he is absolutely livid with the BCCI for not taking his application for coach seriously.

And that is because he believed he was the front-runner, Rajput had applied for the position during the home series against Australia, where he led the team to a pretty decent 4-2 score line.

Then came the one day series win against Pakistan and a comprehensive first test win against the arch rivals as well. Plus, the unforgettable 20-20 World Cup win.

But instead of being rewarded he has been sent back to the Under-19 team, Rajput sees this as a demotion, and he says he hasn't even got a contract for that assignment.

Chandrakant Pandit, a former India wicket keeper, is another prominent Indian applicant, his coaching credentials are again impressive.

He has led the Mumbai Ranji team to two titles in 2003 and 2004. He is now Coach of the Maharashtra side, whivh he took over that job in August 2005.

He also has experience of coaching the India A side but he is been overlooked.

And finally, Sandip Patil, India's most talented coaching candidate, who has coached the Indian team before for a short period of time in 1996.

He has plenty of other International experience, including leading Kenya to the 2003 world cup semi final. Plus, he has coached the India A and other youth sides.

But as Kapil Dev told NDTV, Patil has got tired of playing the waiting game. " One of the main reasons for Sandip Patil joining the ICL was that he got tired of offering his coaching skills to the BCCI," said Kapil Dev, Chairman, Executive Committee, ICL.

He opted for the ICL because he was tired of offering his coaching skills to the Indian board, each time they chose to ignore him.

So while Gary Kirsten ponders over whether or not to sign on the dotted line, several Indian contenders will once again be left low on morale and being asked to coach the youngsters.

They have got a clear message that they are not good enough for the national side.



Topics : Cricket India
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