Rathour preferred to Sanjay Bangar; Arun, Sridhar retain job

The CoA and the BCCI executives will look into the commercial and other administrative details, including the ‘conflict of interest’ ambit, before handing over the final contracts.

Former India cricketer and erstwhile national selector, Vikram Rathour, is the top choice for the batting coach job.   -  FILE PHOTO/ THE HINDU ARCHIVES

After interviewing nearly 80 candidates for various support staff positions for the Indian cricket team over the week, the MSK Prasad-led national selection committee has recommended three candidates in each categories in the order of preference.

While it has chosen former India cricketer and erstwhile national selector, Vikram Rathour, as the top choice for the batting coach’s role, incumbent coach Sanjay Bangar and England’s Mark Ramprakash are the two other options.

Similarly, incumbent bowling coach, Bharat Arun, has been preferred as the top choice for the position, followed by Paras Mhambrey and Venkatesh Prasad.

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As far as fielding coach is concerned, the committee has suggested the name of R. Sridhar as the top choice, followed by Abhay Sharma and T. Dilip.

Incumbent administrative manager, Sunil Subramaniam, who found himself in the middle of a controversy last week after allegedly misbehaving with an official of the Indian High Commission at Trinidad and Tobago, missed out on the job as the committee zeroed in on Girish Dongre, followed by Venkatesh Rajagopalan and Anand Yalvigi.

Now the Committee of Administrators and the Board of Control for Cricket in India executives will look into the commercial and other administrative details, including the ‘conflict of interest’ ambit, before handing over the final contracts to the top candidates.

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Prasad made it clear that the candidates ranked second and third would be used for India A roles or at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). “While the first candidate will be preferred for the role, the second and third ranked candidates could be used for NCA and India A roles. We will recommend it to Rahul Dravid, the Director of Cricket at the NCA,” Prasad said.

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While there has been no change in bowling and fielding coaches, Bangar missed the bus. “If you see in the last five years, there has been some amount of improvement. Looking ahead, with Test Championships and two T20 World Cups coming up, we thought there should be some freshness in that department. That’s why we went with Rathour as the first choice,” Prasad reasoned.

Ever since India’s ouster from the semifinal of the World Cup against New Zealand, Bangar has been under fire for bringing in Mahendra Singh Dhoni at No. 7.

The recommended candidates

Batting coach: Vikram Rathour, Sanjay Bangar, Mark Ramprakash.

Bowling coach: Bharat Arun, Paras Mhambrey, Venkatesh Prasad.

Fielding coach: R. Sridhar, Abhay Sharma, T. Dilip.

Administrative manager: Girish Dongre, Venkatesh Rajagopalan, Anand Yalvigi.

Physio: Nitin Patel, Andrew Leipus, Vaibhav Daga.

The selection committee has decided to call the following candidates for the post of Strength and Conditioning Coach at the NCA for a second round of interview to assess their practical skills.

Candidates: Luke Woodhouse, Grant Luden, Rajnikanth Sivagnanam, Nick Webb and Anand Date.