Bharat Arun, Bangar, Sridhar appear for interviews

The incumbent support staff, who were handed a 45-day extension, made their presentations to the national selection panel; Jonty Rhodes, Steffan Jones, Darren Gough quizzed via Skype.

Incumbent bowling coach Bharat Arun appeared for the interview via Skype.   -  FILE PHOTO/ AP

 

India’s incumbent support staff — Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar, R. Sridhar — were interviewed via Skype from West Indies by the MSK Prasad-led selection panel in Mumbai on Tuesday.

The support staff, who were handed a 45-day extension post the World Cup, made their presentations to the national selection panel.

Top officials at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told Sportstar that 16 candidates were quizzed on the second day — which included top overseas candidates Darren Gough, Jonty Rhodes and Steffan Jones.

While all three made their presentations via Skype, former Bangladesh and Pakistan fielding coach, Julien Fountain, appeared for the interview in person. “It was a good interview. I have a fair idea of working in this part of the world,” he said.

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Abhay Sharma, India A and India U-19 team’s fielding coach, also appeared for the presentation.

“We heard the versions of all the candidates and the process will go on for another couple of days,” one of the members of the panel said after the day's proceedings got over.

While the support staff were interviewed, the panel will interview administrative manager Sunil Subramaniam on Thursday. The manager, who is presently in West Indies with the team, had found himself in the middle of a controversy last week for allegedly misbehaving with officials of the Indian High Commission in the Caribbean islands.

He was initially asked to return, but after offering an unconditional apology to the Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai, he was asked to stay back.

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The panel had interviewed 13 candidates for the batting coach role on Monday, except Bangar — who was busy with the team’s tour game. “He (Bangar) told the panel what he expects from the team in the future and how the batting unit has evolved over the years,” the official said.

After naming Ravi Shastri as the head coach coach, the CAC had written to the CoA, making it clear that they should have a say in the selection process for support staff as well.

But the officials confirmed to this publication that Prasad’s panel did not take any inputs from the CAC members — Kapil, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.

As per the new BCCI constitution, the selection committee has to interview all the support staff candidates including that of physio and administrative manager.

The interviews for physio and trainers will be held on Wednesday.