India likely to have no coach for Twenty20 World Championship July 14, 2007

New coach to be appointed by end of September

Cricinfo staff

When will the BCCI appoint a successor to Greg Chappell? © AFP
A new coach for the Indian team "will in all likelihood be appointed by the end of September", according to Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer of the Indian board (BCCI).

Quoted in the Hindustan Times, Shetty also didn't deny that the team could have a manager and not a coach for the Twenty20 World Championship.

Shetty also told NDTV that the selection of a new coach could take time since the team was in England and some members of the coach selection panel like Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri were away. "Maybe just after Twenty20 [World Championship] because even our boys are in England. Some members [of the coach selection panel] like Gavaskar and Shastri are also in England during the same periods. Therefore sometime they will have to find out to work on the modalities."

The BCCI continues to be undecided on the selection process even months after the coach hunt began. "If we have to announce and call for names we shall have to have a method of writing to the respective boards like Pakistan did and try to get people to apply.

"We don't know when the committee will meet. But before they meet we shall have to finalise how we go about calling for applications. We will have to set some parameters like what we expect of a coach."

Shetty told Hindustan Times that the BCCI was being cautious since they didn't want "a Ford-like situation to arise again". Graham Ford had declined the position after being offered the post in June.

Shetty admitted that the board had received a few applications - the latest according to news reports from Kepler Wessels, the former South African captain - but no steps had been taken thus far. "We have received some applications but we haven't yet initiated the procedure."