Venkatesh Prasad wishes to coach India

Ever since the conclusion of the Under-19 World Cup in February, where India lost to the West Indies in the final, Prasad has been approaching the BCCI about filling in as a member of the coaching staff.

Venkatesh Prasad is the chairman of the national junior selection panel.   -  PTI

Venkatesh Prasad, the chairman of the national junior selection panel, has expressed his desire to coach the national team again.

According to sources, Prasad, in a letter to BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and M. V. Sridhar, general manager, cricket operations, has sought to be reassigned into the coaching role. Prasad, in his letter, has asked for a coaching role with the national team or at the National Cricket Academy.

Ever since the conclusion of the Under-19 World Cup in February, where India lost to the West Indies in the final, Prasad has been approaching the BCCI about filling in as a member of the coaching staff.

With the terms of India’s coaching staff members, including team director Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun, having expired with India’s semifinal exit from World Twenty20, Prasad is the first to apply for their replacement.

However, if the BCCI doesn’t consider him for the India coach or bowling coach role, Prasad is also open to contribute as bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy. The post of the bowling coach at the NCA has been lying vacant since T. A. Sekhar’s appointment was stalled. Sekhar, also a mentor at Delhi Daredevils, has declined to discontinue his association with the IPL franchise, thus forcing the NCA board to not formalise his appointment.

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Prasad worked with the Indian team as bowling coach for two and a half years from May 2007. Since then, he has worked as bowling coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore and the head coach for Uttar Pradesh’s Ranji team before taking over as the chairman of the junior national selector for a second term last year.