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Greg wants permanent manager

Chappell made this request soon after he took over as coach in May last year. But there was no response from BCCI.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 12:42 IST

India coach Greg Chappell is keen that a permanent manager be appointed for the national cricket team and has spoken to the Indian cricket board about it.

The final decision, he says, now rests solely with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Chappell first made his request to the board soon after he took over as coach in May last year, replacing John Wright of New Zealand.

But the BCCI has so far not met his request. The board continues to appoint managers for each series and keeps everyone guessing.

"We have spoken to the board about it (on appointing a permanent manager) and are continuing to talk to them," Chappell said.

Chappell, a former Australia captain, said he had so far not received a favourable reply from the BCCI.

"We haven't got any assurances. You will have to ask that question to the board," he said.

"We have put our message; we have told them that we believe that we need someone on a permanent basis. It is up to them to decide what happens," he said, putting the ball in the BCCI's court.

Chappell pointed out that Wing Commander M Baladitya, on deputation from the Indian Air Force, was team manager for India's recent home series against South Africa and Sri Lanka and is now assistant manager for the ongoing tour of Pakistan.

During the series against Sri Lanka, Baladitya had played unprecedented three roles - that of Indian team manager and its media manager as well as the media manager of the visiting side.

However, the appointment of Baladitya has always been made from series to series.

There was a question mark over Baladitya's appointment for the 45-day tour of Pakistan. Even Baladitya was not sure about it. His appointment as assistant manager was made clear only at the end of the home Test series against Sri Lanka.

He had said "thank you" to the Indian media for their "cooperation" after the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad in December.

The ageing Raj Singh Dungarpur was appointed manager for the Pakistan tour and Baladitya was unexpectedly named assistant manager, a post that had been discontinued for many years.

During the current tour, Baladitya has handled almost the entire workload of the manager.

There is, however, no assurance from the BCCI whether Baladitya would continue as manager in the home Test and one-day international series against England beginning soon.

And Chappell is keeping his fingers crossed.

"We have put our request in - that's all we can do," he said.