The Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI ) on Wednesday invited applications for India’s head coach with a small rider which triggered speculations that it is essentially looking for an Indian for the job.
Among the nine-point criteria that will be used to judge the eligibility of the candidate, it has been mentioned that “communication skills befitting the coach of an international team are mandatory along with the ability to effectively convey the right messages and he must demonstrate proficiency in English. It is desirable to communicate in Hindi and other regional Indian languages.” This leaves the case of a ‘foreigner’ on a slightly weak wicket, though most of the overseas coaches visiting India these days, whether for IPL or at any level, have a fair idea of the local language.
Board secretary Ajay Shirke, however, chose to play this factor down. “It is not a compulsion, but it’s desirable. It doesn’t take much time to learn Hindi or for the players to learn English. A candidate may get less marks if he doesn’t know Hindi, but he may score more points in other areas. We’ll be going through a transparent process. A panel including former cricketers with an impeccable record will scrutinize all applications, and grade the applicants. In the final a stage, we (top Board officials) will take a call after consulting these ex-players to choose between the best,” Shirke told TOI on Wednesday. The deadline to apply for the t post remains June 10, as announced by BCCI president Anurag Thakur on May 22.
The BCCI states that the incumbent “should have also successfully coached a cricket team of any of the member countries of the ICC, at the first class or international level,” which leaves batting legend Rahul Dravid and former New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori , who have been linked with the job, on a sticky wicket.
On the day of the BCCI inviting the applications for the coaching job, TOI learnt that Bharat Arun and Lalchand Rajput are set to give it a try.
What the new boss should have
1. Should have successfully coached a team of any of the member countries of the ICC, at the first class or at the international level.
2. The candidate should preferably be qualified through a certification assessment programme conducted by any of the full member countries
3. Should be able to present a plan elaborating the approach for ‘Team India’ to attain leadership position in all formats of the game.
4. Demonstrate methods tools to effectively measure individual player performance and present metrics to the Board
5. Demonstrate understanding and ability of employing a multi-disciplinary approach
6. Communication skills befitting the coach of an international team are mandatory, as is the ability to effectively convey the right messages. Must demonstrate proficiency in English.
7. Should be well versed with latest technologies trends in sports software and ability to utilise the same.
8. Mandatory that the candidate should have an impeccable personal record.
9. Demonstrate plans and ability to contribute to the NCA’s development programmes.