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August 5, 2007
Tim Boon, Leicestershire's senior coach and the latest name to be linked to the Indian coaching job, has said he views the option positively. "I'm in the middle of a contract here in Leicestershire but any county coach will aspire to be an international coach. I look at England, Australia and India as the top three jobs in the world. We all harbour thoughts to lead countries."
His time with England, in 2004 and 2005, was a memorable one, and he feels a well-equipped coaching staff makes a big difference in modern sport. "People tend to forget the role played by the back-room staff in that Ashes win. Little observations matter. It might be a 2% change, something related to down-swing, batsmen trying to hit the ball in the wrong areas. The relentless fielding drills, one-on-ones with players played a part in that Ashes win. It helped them develop clarity in their thinking.
"I'm not advocating you have people with white coats but you have a management team that knows what your objective is. You need critical pathways for the players and work towards tiny-margin victories."
However, the Indian board chose not to reveal their cards. Both Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer of the Indian board, and Niranjan Shah, the secretary, refused to comment on the issue.
Kepler Wessels, Queensland's Terry Oliver, former Sri Lanka coach John Dyson, Dave Nosworthy of South Africa and former India wicketkeeper Chandrakant Pandit are the some of the names doing the rounds for the Indian coaching job.
The Indian board has sought the help of the boards in England and Australia in the recruitment process. "If they have someone who matches what we need, they will recommend some names to us," Sharad Pawar, president of the Indian board, had said on August 3. It is expected that the process could take a month.
India have been without a coach since Greg Chappell's resignation after the World Cup. Ravi Shastri took over temporarily as the cricket manager for the Bangladesh tour while Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh were appointed as specialist coaches. After Graham Ford, the former South African coach who is currently the director of cricket at Kent, rejected the board's offer, Chandu Borde, the former Indian captain, was appointed manager for the tours of England and Ireland.
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is assistant editor of CricinfoFeeds: Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
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Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala