BCCI ponders dual coach policy for Team India: Report

Indian cricket team will be getting a coach in September, but it could rather be two of them. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has done away with a head coach since five month now, is planning to introduce a dual-coach policy - one coach for Test matches and the other for ODIs and T20s.

By Rajdeep Saha | Updated: Aug 21, 2015, 09:55 AM IST
BCCI ponders dual coach policy for Team India: Report
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur

New Delhi: Indian cricket team will be getting a coach in September, but it could rather be two of them. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has done away with a head coach since five month now, is planning to introduce a dual-coach policy - one coach for Test matches and the other for ODIs and T20s.

According to a report in The Times of India, BCCI is struggling to get a reliable foreign coach to guide the national team. "The problem with hunting for coaches is that with IPL and other T20 leagues around the world, they are not prepared to commit for a long period," a source close to the BCCI said.

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This issue has led the board to mull the option of having separate coaches for Tests and ODIs. "We have different captains for Tests and ODIs. So, one of the things we are looking at is whether we can have separate coaches for different formats," the source added.

It will be interesting to see in what the BCCI comes up with. England is one of the teams which had experimented with the 'two-coach' theory, with Peter Moores handling the Test side and Ashley Giles the ODI team. However, both these coaches were from England itself.

Therefore if the BCCI does go ahead with this proposal, it might consider giving the jobs to Indian coaches. Team director Ravi Shastri could be the favourite to hold the reins of the Test team while another Indian coach could be given the charge of the ODI team.

Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur claimed on Thursday that the board will appoint a coach next month. He refused to reveal names but told the official broadcasters here on Thursday: "It is very important to have a full-time coach for any team. We have taken some time to decide and we will finalise the coach most probably in the month of September."