Seven years after his tumultuous tenure as India coach ended leaving a trail of bad memories, the Indian board is mulling the idea of getting Greg Chappell back, this time to coach Indian coaches at the National Cricket Academy.
If that happens, the Australian link would deepen as former ICC elite panel umpire, Simon Taufel, has been given the responsibility to appoint match referees for the domestic circuit and conduct umpiring workshops.
A three-member team of the NCA, which recently visited the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane to study its facilities, is in the process of finalising a tie-up with the centre. Chappell, who is involved with the Centre of Excellence, could be involved directly in the exchange programme.
The team which visited Brisbane is keen to have Chappell coaching Indian coaches at the NCA. After an exploratory talk, the NCA team has made a recommendation to the BCCI. "His knowledge of the game is immense. After our visit to their centre, we were convinced that our coaching methods need contemporary inputs, and there is no one better than Chappell to do that. The NCA director, Brijesh Patel, will talk to him to engage him for a coaching stint with the NCA," said a member of the NCA team.
Chappell, who was in India in August with the Australia A team, had hinted at a potential tie-up with the NCA and expressed keenness to conduct a coaching programme, provided the talks bore fruit. Chappell, after his India tenure, was involved in a coaching capacity with the Rajasthan Cricket Association academy. Recently, an academy launched by Irfan Pathan and brother Yusuf in Baroda has brought Chappell on board.
However, as a note of caution, one key BCCI functionary said: "Since it involves Greg Chappell, we got to be very careful in taking a politically correct decision because it has implications."
Clearly, despite the strained relationship, Chappell doesn't seem to have had enough of India yet.