Venkatesh Prasad quashes rumours linking him to Team India coaching job

The head coach position has been vacant since Anil Kumble's resignation following India's 180-run defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval on June 18. Days after the news of Ravi Shastri applying for the job came out, now former Indian fast bowler and junior national chief selector, Venkatesh Prasad, has applied for the post of team India coach, according to a report by Times of India.

At least three of the seven have prior coaching experiences with Team India in different capacities. The list includes Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput, among others.

"I have made my intentions clear that I am very, very keen to perform the role of an assistant coach or a bowling coach". In a statement, which seems to back the former's approach, the support staff says that it is important for a leader to "yield to the demands of the group". In a rather suggestive tweet, the brother of Sanjiv Goenka who is the IPL team owner which is expected to be defunct as a two year ban on Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings is about to be lifted from the upcoming season, Goenka wrote, "Pl apply for Indian cricket coach".

Prasad also revealed that he might not do so before the July 9 deadline, but insisted that he is ready to take up the role of an assistant or bowling coach and contribute to Indian cricket once again. Prasad, who is now a junior national chief selector will end his term in September.

An alleged rift between the two powerhouses of Indian cricket, Kumble and captain Kohli, was a major tabloid news for the most part of the last month. "He felt let down after the episode".

The BCCI is aiming to announce the new coach before India head to Sri Lanka in July.

"If it was done to suit Shastri, it won't go down well with Viru, who, we must remember, was asked to apply in the first place".

The report further stated that top members were just not happy with the way an BCCI official asked Sehwag to apply for the job.

  • Angelo Rivera