Graham Ford, currently with English county Kent and formerly with South Africa, is well on his way to becoming India’s next coach. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) seven-member coach selection committee that met in Bangalore on Monday night ruled Australian Dav Whatmore out of the race.
The committee seems to have gone with the wishes of senior players and opted for a foreigner. Ford, who was talking to HT from England just as he received a call from the Indian board, said he was “really excited” about the interest shown in him. “I am looking forward to discussing the matter with the board,” he said. “Both parties have to learn and know things about each other before there can be a commitment.”
About his commitment to Kent, Ford said he was hopeful that the county would support him if he did take up the job. “Their assent is necessary,” he added.
Ford said he would be in India by the end of the week.
BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan, who made the announcement, said they would like Ford and one more unnamed foreigner — he is someone suggested by a committee member and they are waiting to check his availability as they have not yet been able to establish contact with him — to meet the selection committee in Chennai on June 9.