The BCCI may have no choice but to announce that a cricket manager will do for the important tour of England. But that doesn't take away from the fact that India still do not have a full-time coach, a position left vacant by Greg Chappell after the team's first round exit from the World Cup.
There was a stunned silence post Fordgate, but finally, a few more names have begun doing the rounds, at least informally. While former Lankan coach John Dyson’s is one of them, the others include Terry Oliver (currently Queensland coach), Victorian coach Greg Shipperd, Dave Nosworthy (New Zealand A coach), Yorkshire coach Martyn Moxon and former Kiwi opener and Warwickshire coach Mark Greatbatch.
It is believed that the name of Dyson, who played 31 Tests for Australia between 1977-1984 and enjoyed significant success with the Sri Lankan team when he coached the side for two years (2003-2005), has initially found some favour in BCCI circles. However, he has not directly approached the BCCI, nor has the Board approached him or anyone yet.
He has reportedly indicated that he was “interested”. But the BCCI is yet to receive an official communication from anyone, including Dyson.
“The Board hasn't approached anyone, neither have we received any applications,” said Ratnakar Shetty, Chief Administrative Officer of the BCCI. Asked about the likely prospects, Shetty said, “We are clueless about these names. I am getting to know of them through you.” Curious, but with the BCCI, matters obviously take time to warm up.
BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla indicated as much in Lucknow on Monday, when he said the Board would tread carefully “after the Graham Ford incident”. “We have many an options, but we have to chose the right man,” said Shukla, who also said that given Ravi Shastri’s unavailability, India's next coach would not be “desi”. “Shastri is the best person to be appointed coach, but since he has other commitments we have to look elsewhere (outside) for suitable persons,” he said in reply to a question, adding that the process would be over before the Indians returned from England in September.
(With inputs from Sharad Deep in Lucknow)