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BCCI calls coach selection meet

The BCCI decides to choose Greg Chappell's successor and calls a meeting of the coach selection panel in Mumbai next week.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2007 05:46 PM IST

After being without a coach for seven months, the Cricket Board has decided to choose Greg Chappell's successor and has convened a meeting of the coach selection committee in Mumbai next week.

"The coach selection committee (for the national team) will meet in Mumbai on November 3," said BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah.

Former Australian captain Chappell did not seek a renewal of his contract following India's disastrous show in the World Cup and later the team had functioned with cricket managers.

The matter of appointing a new coach for the team was put on hold after the BCCI's decision in choosing Graham Ford backfired when the South African turned down the offer in June after initially accepting it.

Then the BCCI decided to invite applications for the job, but despite receiving more than a dozen of CVs, preferred to play the waiting game till the end of the series against Australia.

The meeting of the special committee, headed by BCCI chief Sharad Pawar and comprising the Board's principal office-bearers along with ex-Test captains Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, is to be held two days before India's opening ODI against Pakistan at Guwahati.

Shah said the BCCI officials would also utilise the opportunity to hold discussions with newly-appointed director of the National Cricket Academy, Dav Whatmore, over the academy's set-up.

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