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Coach hunt to start in a week: Shah

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Chennai: BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said the Board would start hunting for a new coach in a week's time and the existing committee retained to select the new coach.

He also indicated that India might have a new coach by the time the Twenty20 World Cup gets underway in South Africa this September.

"We have more than 80 days to pick a new coach. We should start hunting again in a week's time. There will not be any changes in the committee to select the coach," Shah told The Hindu on Wednesday.

The BCCI secretary ruled out the names of Dav Whatmore and John Emburey "The Board has rejected their candidatures."

Taken aback

He added the Board had been "taken aback" when Graham Ford declined the BCCI offer to be the new coach. "I can tell you that he did not make any demands. He neither asked for his own support staff, nor did he ask for a two-year term. He appeared happy with what was given to him. The only doubt was about `when' he would join the team, not `whether.' We are extremely disappointed. He could have taken stock of the situation, whatever his problems were, in the beginning, before coming here."

Mr. Shah said the Board would approach the task of appointing a new coach with an "open mind." The Indian coaches too would be in contention, he noted.

He also said the Board was pleased with the work of Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh, the bowling and fielding coaches. "This is why their contracts have been extended," he added.

Shah believed former India team captain Chandu Borde would be able to handle the manager's job on the tours of Ireland and England in a capable manner.

"He may be 72, but Mr. Borde is still fit, is mentally alert and has immense knowledge about the game," Mr. Shah said.

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