Who will be India's next coach? May 8, 2005

Amarnath and Patil in the running

Cricinfo staff



Sandeep Patil's sterling work with Kenya and India A makes him a good outside bet © Getty Images

Mohinder Amarnath and Sandeep Patil, two of the heroes of India's World Cup-winning side in 1983, are among those shortlisted to succeed John Wright as India's coach. Greg Chappell and Tom Moody, who both wore the Australian cap with distinction, are the two other candidates in the running after a six-member committee formed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India held deliberations on the issue in Kolkata on Sunday.

After the meeting, a BCCI media release said that depending on their availability for the job, the candidates would be called for an interview. Ranbir Singh Mahendra, the president, and SK Nair, the secretary, represented the board on the committee, which also comprised Jagmohan Dalmiya, former ICC chief. The other half of the panel comprised Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Srinivas Venkataraghavan, who represented India in over 200 Test matches between them.

Patil inspired a Kenyan charge to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2003, and had also enjoyed success in charge of the India A team. Amarnath's coaching resume includes a stint in Bangladesh.