Former Pacers Venkatesh Prasad, Balwinder Sandhu Want To Be Team India’s Coach

BCCI is going to have a hard time selecting their head coach this time with more former cricketers showing interest in taking up the job.

The position which has been vacant for many months now, seems to have gained sudden interest with many former Indian players sending their names for contention.


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Ravi Shastri (L) has shown interest in the job since the start. Cricket Zone

While BCCI’s former team director Ravi Shastri has shown interest in the job for many months now, news about India’s current chief national selector Sandeep Patil sending his nomination for the position caught many off-guard.


Sandeep Patil Indian Express

Sandeep Patil. Indian Express

The latest name for the position is that of India’s former speedster Venkatesh Prasad.


Venkatesh Prasad (C) was India's bowling coach earlierGetty

Venkatesh Prasad (C) was India’s bowling coach earlier. Getty

Besides Prasad, another fast-bowler Balwinder Singh Sandhu has thrown his name into the hat.


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Balwinder Singh Sandhu. Cricket Country

While Sandhu was  a member of the famous squad that won India its first World Cup in 1983, Prasad was India’s bowling coach when they won the inaugural ICC World T20 Cup in 2007.

Prasad had remained with the Indian team till 2009, and then moved on to work with IPL franchises such as Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore as their Bowling coach.


Sandhu meanwhile has been involved in coaching at all levels in which his high point came back in 1998 when under his guidance the Mumbai team trounced Mark Taylor-led Australian side by 10 wickets.

With a day still left to apply for the head coach job (June 10 deadline), it would be interesting to see if any more names come up, and who gets that coveted post.

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