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BCCI advertises for Indian coach's post

BCCI says the contract will be for two years starting Oct 1, 2007, though the terms and conditions are "negotiable".

cricket Updated: Aug 27, 2007 20:42 IST

The Indian cricket board on Monday advertised for the post of the national coach, but with stringent pre-requisites like familiarity with the country's "culture and ethos".

The contract will be for two years starting Oct 1, 2007, though the terms and conditions are "negotiable", Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said in Mumbai.

The coach's post fell vacant following the completion of former Australia captain Greg Chappell's two-year term in March.

Initially, the board was against advertising for the post.

Only those who have a minimum of Level III coaching accreditation from Cricket Australia, England or India can apply. But, interestingly, there is no bar on Indian coaches.

Those interested can send their CVs to the board headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium by Sep 15.

"We have requested other cricket boards to post this on their website," said Shah in a statement.

The board has listed 11 conditions in the 'knowledge, skills and expertise' column and eight stipulations in the 'key responsibilities' that the applicant is supposed to bear.

The Indian team toured Bangladesh in May with stand-in cricket manager Ravi Shastri.

The BCCI then interviewed former England spinner John Emburey and Graham Ford, Kent county's director of cricket, in June. It selected Ford but he surprisingly declined the offer after initially agreeing to take up the job. Later, Emburey also turned down the offer.

Currently, the Indian side in England is being managed by 73-year-old Chandu Borde after BCCI's talks with Dav Whatmore, a former Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coach, also did not fructify.