Amre, Bhave apply for the post of head coach

Praveen Amre, the former India batsman, and Surendra Bhave, a former national selector, have thrown their hat into the ring in the race for India’s head coach.

Praveen Amre (left) has served as the personal coach of Robin Uthappa.   -  V. Ganesan

Former domestic stalwarts Praveen Amre and Surendra Bhave have thrown their hat into the ring in the race for India’s head coach. Both the batsmen-turned-coaches confirmed to Sportstar their submission of applications to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday.

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Friday is the deadline for applying for the post of the head coach, after which the BCCI will scrutinise the applications.

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Amre, the former India batsman, has coached Mumbai to three Ranji Trophy titles. Besides, he has also been in charge of the India A team.The gritty batsman has over the last four years founded the trend of the personal coach, working with the likes of Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik.

Bhave, after serving as a national selector from 2008 to 2012, took charge of Maharashtra’s Ranji team and guided it to the final of the Ranji Trophy in 2013-14, its first final appearance since 1992-93 when he was the captain of the team. For the last two seasons, Bhave has been working with Haryana.

Former India batsman Hrishikesh Kanitkar also applied on Thursday. Besides playing a handful of ODIs and two Tests for India, Kanitkar led Maharashtra to Ranji Trophy Plate league title and Rajasthan to successive Ranji Trophy titles. After announcing his retirement from competitive cricket last year, Kanitkar coached Goa for the 2015-16 season. He was then appointed assistant coach of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants.

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