BCCI goes slow on new coach selection

MUMBAI: The BCCI is in no hurry to appoint a new cricket coach for the team and is unlikely to decide on the matter in its Working Committee’s meeting on April 27 where the agenda would include various sub-committees’ reports.

"We are still in the process of doing so (finding a new coach). There’s no hurry as the team is leaving for the West Indies only on June 1," BCCI President Shashank Manohar told PTI from Nagpur on Friday.

A lot of names, including England’s director of coaching Andy Flower and another Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher, are doing the rounds as the candidates likely to get the job.

There are talks that an interim coach could be appointed by the BCCI for the Windies tour in case it is unable to find a suitable candidate to replace Gary Kirsten who quit the job after guiding India to the World Cup triumph on April 2.

"The reports of various sub committees would be tabled at the meeting," the BCCI chief said about the agenda for the April 27 meet.

Manohar confirmed that an understanding has been reached by the BCCI with its Sri Lanka counterpart, which allows the players from the island nation to stay on and represent their franchises in the ongoing Indian Premier League till May 18.

"They will be here till the 18th and then directly go to England from Mumbai," said Manohar.

The BCCI Chief, however, could not confirm whether the same understanding will apply to speedster Lasith Malinga who has been excluded from Lanka’s Test outfit to tour England as he had cited an injury to stay on and play for Mumbai Indians.

"I don’t know about individual players," said Manohar. Malinga has been called back home immediately to undergo rehabilitation from his injury by Sri Lanka’s selection panel chief and former captain Duleep Mendis, though some reports have said that he will stay on till the end of the T20 League on May 28.

Manohar clarified that the 10 per cent of players’ fees to the overseas home boards for allowing their players to take part in the IPL is over and above the franchisees contractual obligations with the players.

"The 10 per cent (fees) is over and above what the overseas players are to get from the franchisees (as annual earnings on a pro rata basis). It will be paid by the franchisees," said Manohar.

Manohar, however, made it clear it did not apply to the Indian players.

"It’s only for the overseas Boards," he explained.(PTI)

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