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Emburey adds twist to coach tale

BCCI ends the suspense by announcing Emburey as candidate for India's coach, reports Amol Karhadkar.

cricket Updated: Jun 06, 2007 11:20 IST
Amol Karhadkar

The mystery candidate for the post of Indian cricket team’s coach is John Emburey, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Tuesday.

On Monday night, the BCCI had announced that Graham Ford and "one more candidate with whom the Board was trying to establish contact" would be interviewed for the post on June 9.

Minutes after the BCCI ended the suspense on Tuesday afternoon by announcing Emburey as the mystery candidate, the former England off-spinner explained why he could not be reached.

"My mobile had been misplaced a couple of days ago,” Emburey, the Middlesex County Cricket Club's Director of Cricket, told the Hindustan Times from London. "In the meantime, the BCCI was trying to get in touch with me. The moment I found my phone, I got in touch with them.
The Board said on Tuesday: "The BCCI has invited Graham Ford and John Emburey to come to Chennai and make a presentation to the Special Committee on June 9 after which a final decision on the next coach of the Indian team will be made."

Some of the senior players, who had earlier played a crucial role in forcing the BCCI to consider Ford's application seriously, were a bit surprised about the Board's choice to invite Emburey.

"But we’re glad the BCCI is looking at a viable option," said a senior player. "We would of course be happy with whoever is the coach."