Former England captain John Emburey is the second candidate for India's coaching job, the Indian board has confirmed.
Emburey joins former South African coach Graham Ford in the running for the coach's position and has been called to Chennai for discussions on June 9. The Indian board has spoken to Emburey and is expected to send him an e-mail, with more details, sometime today.
"The Board of Control for Cricket in India has invited Graham Ford and John Emburey to come to Chennai and make a presentation to the Special Committee on June 9, 2007," the board's media release said. "After this a final decision on the next coach of Indian team will be made."
Emburey's name was recommended by former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty was reported as saying. Gavaskar was one of the seven-member panel that met in Bangalore on June 4 for discussing possible candidates for the coaching job.
The board had earlier announced on Monday that it had narrowed down the search to Ford and "a foreigner whose availability could not be ascertained". Emburey played 64 Tests for England between 1978 and 1995, ending with a modest 147 wickets at 38.4. He was, however, considered a model pro on the county circuit with 1608 wickets in a career that spanned 24 years.
However, he hasn't tasted much success as a coach. He was player-coach and then coach at Northamptonshire between 1996 and 1998 before being sacked with a year of his contract remaining. In 2001 he signed to coach Berkshire, a minor county, with the intention of emigrating to Australia at the end of the summer, but on the eve of the season he was appointed as Middlesex's third coach in as many seasons, taking over from old team-mate Mike Gatting.
In six years he struggled with a side in transition, bringing in some distinctly average players as well, and at the end of 2006 the county were relegated from the top flight in both the Championship and National League. In 2007 Middlesex brought in Richard Pybus to coach with Emburey moving to the more hands-off role as director of cricket.