MUMBAI: In what is being seen as a clear tilt towards hiring an Indian coach, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has mentioned “it’s desirable to have a coach who can communicate in Hindi and other regional Indian languages” in their advertisement for the position of the ‘head coach’ for the senior India men’s cricket team.
“Communication skills befitting the coach of an international team are mandatory along with the ability to effectively convey the right messages and must demonstrate proficiency in English. It is desirable to communicate in Hindi and other regional Indian languages,” says the sixth of the ninepoint list of eligibility criteria to apply.
It is a point, which makes the Indian candidates favourite for the job. Since the start of the Sourav Ganguly era, foreign coaches have been preferred by the Indian cricket board, with John Wright, Greg Chappell, Gary Kirsten and Duncan Fletcher having long stints.
However, with the team flopping under Fletcher, the BCCI brought in Ravi Shastri and his success has helped change the outlook of the men in power towards Indian coaches. Even Shastri’s assistant coaches were all Indians.
Looking at the nine points that the BCCI has listed in its requirements for applying for the post of coach, someone like Shastri fits the bill.
The candidate will be needed to make a presentation of his coaching plans for India to 6-4 6-4 bt Alize Cornet/Jonathan Eysseric (France) 6-7 (6) 6-4 10-8 attain leadership in all formats of the game.
“Demonstrate methods/tools to effectively measure individual player performance and present metrics to the Board, which will in turn measure the performance of the team, on a consistent and timely basis,” the condition reads.
The candidate will need to demonstrate an understanding and ability of employing a multi-disciplinary approach that will include sports psychology and sports medicine, and effectively manage the workload of the players, thereby enhancing their contribution to the cause of the team.
The deadline for applying is June 10.