BCCI to appoint temporary support staff for Zimbabwe tour
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to advertise to fill up the post of head coach and assistant staff on Sunday.However, the Board now is keen on having a support staff on a temporary basis for Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led limited-overs team for Zimbabwe tour as the process of identifying permanent staff will not be complete before the squad departs for the African nation. (FULL SQUAD) “The support staff would be decided shortly,” said BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke, after announcing the squads for next month’s tour to Zimbabwe for the limited overs rubber and the West Indies in July-August for a four-Test series. (Rahul Dravid plays down prospects of coaching Team India)There’s no designated support staff, including a head coach, for the team at the conclusion of India’s campaign in the March-April World T20 Championship when the tenure of director Ravi Shastri and his assistants ended.ROLE OPEN FOR EVERYONE”It (the coach’s position) is open for everyone – outside India, within India – anyone who is willing to take up any responsibility in all these positions – batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, head coach – will be available,” Anurag Thakur, BCCI’s newly-elected President said at a media conference after the Board’s Special General Meeting on Sunday.”We will advertise for the post of coach today and by June 10 anyone can apply and shortlisting will be done after that,” Thakur had said at the BCCI headquarters.”We are keeping it open, we want people to come. They can come forward, apply and then we can look at the proposals, who are the applicants and who are best for BCCI,” he added.TWO MONTHS TIME NEEDEDadvertisementCricket Association of Bengal President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly had said that it may be two months before a new coaching staff could be identified.”It will happen in the next couple of months. I am not too sure if it happens before the Zimbabwe tour because it is not too far away,” said Ganguly, who is also a member of the BCCI’s advisory panel along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.