Now, the search for support staff

The BCCI is likely to announce the coaching staff ahead of the Indian team’s preparatory camp in Bengaluru from June 29.

The BCCI hierarchy is understood to have had preliminary discussions over coaching staff structure with Anil Kumble.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

A day after naming Anil Kumble as India’s next coach, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) top brass is mulling over the assistant coaches that will help Kumble in India’s quest to regain the top ranking in Test cricket.

Ravi Shastri’s exit as the team director could also result in the end of the road for two of his three trusted lieutenants. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar, who travelled to the recently-concluded limited overs tour to Zimbabwe as the head coach, and bowling coach B. Arun are unlikely to continue in their respective roles. R. Sridhar, the fielding coach, has a good chance of retaining his place in the Indian team’s support staff.

The BCCI hierarchy is understood to have had preliminary discussions over coaching staff structure with Kumble. Based on it and the feedback from the players, the BCCI is likely to announce the coaching staff ahead of the Indian team’s preparatory camp in Bengaluru from June 29.

It is understood that the BCCI is not too keen to appoint a bowling coach for now. With India set to feature, in most of its assignments, at home, the BCCI officials feel Kumble, being an accomplished leg-spinner, wouldn’t really need a pace bowling coach as assistant. If he presses for one, then Shane Bond, the former New Zealand pacer who is now involved with Mumbai Indians, may be approached.

As for the batting coach, the BCCI seems to have shortlisted Praveen Amre and Vikram Rathour. While Amre was among the candidates who were interviewed for the head coach’s post, Rathour, whose term as national selector is set to expire in September, failed to make the cut after applying for the job. Amre has a slight advantage considering the fact that during his interview, he had made separate presentations from the head coach perspective and about how to take India’s batting department forward.

Sridhar has earned accolades from all the stakeholders. The other contender in the fray is Abhay Sharma, the former Railways captain-coach who travelled to Zimbabwe as the fielding coach.