Who will it be?
The four shortlisted candidates for the post of the
Indian coach will be interviewed on Thursday 19th
May 2005 in New Delhi. Sandeep Patil's withdrawal
from the fray did not change the number of
contenders, with West Indian opener Desmond Haynes
being invited to stake his claim.
There is widespread speculation on who will be
chosen by the elite selection panel that comprises
former India captains Sunil Gavaskar, Srinivas
Venkataraghvan and Ravi Shastri, former BCCI
President Jagmohan Dalmiya, current BCCI President
Ranbir Singh Mahendra and current BCCI Honorary
Secretary S.K. Nair.
Here's a peek at likely contents of each
MOHINDER AMARNATH (India):
A utility cricketer, Mohinder Amarnath was a member
of the World Cup winning Indian squad. He was one
of the main architects of that historic win with
Man of the match awards in both the semi-final
against England and the final against the West
Indies. He has coached Morocco and Bangladesh teams
in the past .
His record as a cricketer:
Test cricket - Matches - 69, Runs - 4,378,
Wickets - 32.
ODIs - 85, Runs - 1,924, Wickets - 46.
GREG CHAPPELL (Australia):
One of the greatest middle-order batsmen in Test
history. He played 87 Tests and scored 7,110 runs,
inclusive of 24 hundreds and 31 fifties. He also
took 122 catches. He scored 2,331 runs from 74 ODIs.
He has coached Australia 'A' and has been in charge
of the South Australian team since 1999. However,
the side hasn't won a major title under him.
TOM MOODY (Australia):
An all-rounder who was moderately successful in
international cricket, he played eight Tests and 76
ODIs. He is presently Coach / Director of Cricket
at Worcestershire county in England. Under him,
Worcestershire topped (the lower) Division II in
2003 and qualified for Division I in 2004. However,
they were relegated back to Division II after an
ordinary 2004 season
DESMOND HAYNES (West Indies):
One of the finest opening batsmen in international
cricket, he excelled in both forms of the game.
He amassed 7,487 runs from 116 Tests, inclusive of
18 centuries. In 238 one day matches, he scored
8,648 runs with 17 tons at an average of 41.37.
Who from among these four will infuse a much-needed
metamorphosis in Indian cricket?
Having said that, it is more than likely that the
BCCI might introduce some new people into this
tussle! The suspense will continue until the new
coach is officially announced.