Gary Kirsten has been offered the job to coach Team India. The duration of his tenure is likely to be 2 years, and that is unlikely to extend based on what he has said –
Although I’ve always wanted to coach a team at some point, I always said I wouldn’t do it when (son) Joshua was at big school. He’s only four now so that gives me two years
Niranjan Shah, the board secretary had earlier said that there were 22 applicants for the coach’s job and that no candidate from outside the applicant list would be picked. While talking to the press, Kirsten has said that BCCI had approached him for the job and it was not the other way round – which makes me wonder if he was originally in the list of 22 candidates. Wouldn’t come as a surprise if he wasn’t. Notable candidates in the list include Martin Crowe and Kepler Wessels.
Although Kirsten is still mulling over the decision, reports indicate that he is very likely to say Yes. BCCI must have learnt something from the Fordgate episode, as this time around the interview selection process was done without much hype – although the announcement of the selection could have been made after Kirsten had accepted the offer.
I have to admit that I am not too thrilled with Kirsten as a coach – probably because I am not too sure of what he can bring to the team. I would have gone with someone like Martin Crowe. But hey, the coach selection panel know better, right?
I do, however, hope Kirsten turns out to be a good coach. Here are the positives that I can see in Kirsten –
- He has good test experience having played over 100 tests
- Has a bit of coaching experience and he is an overseas coach
- Being a young coach (he is only 40 years of age), he would have modern ideas
- His personality [I could be completely wrong here] seems to be more in the mould of John Wright than Greg Chappell
Whatever the case, I hope people who’ve been offered the job don’t watch the television documentary “Guru Greg” – that is bound to put them off from taking up the job…
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ABC TV in Australia is set to screen their “observational documentary” Guru Greg. The program goes to air 8:35pm Thursday, 22 Nov 2007 and should be a compelling watch. Since I will be travelling at that time, I’d hope that one of the other i3j3Cricket contributors will review the program and even perhaps post a link to online scripts or YouTube excerpts of the documentary.
It was reportedly filmed with the co-operation of Greg Chappell, and his wife Judy and according to the ABC program promo “provides a rare insight into one of the world’s wealthiest and most important sporting teams“.
The documentary charts the “reign” of Greg Chappell which commenced with his controversial selection at the start, his immediate impact, and the tragic end.
Anand Vasu from Cricinfo has interviewed Robin Singh on his aproach. I found it very heartening to listen to someone from the Indian camp sounding balanced and professional. His comments, specially in relation to comparing Indian fiedling standards with those of Oz are quite insightful.
Here is what Ravi Shastri, one of the members of the committee to appoint the Indian team coach,has to say on the issue in an article on Cricinfo
“There is no need to rush things to get a coach. We need to pick the ideal person. We just can’t take anybody and make him the coach. And the team is winning, so why the tension? We’ll wait for the right time and the right man for the job.”
I am actually enjoying these updates on the coach issue. It just gets better and better! Like I speculated on an earlier post, Shastri uses the exact same excuse just after India won the first ODI. Afterall the job requires a person only under the following circumstances a) India start losing more matches or b) The right man for the right job is found.
Check this out at Cricinfo. The ‘pearls’ from the report are summarised below
- This is the second time the coach committee meeting had to be deferred after they failed to convene in Bangalore on September 28 when they were originally schedule to discuss the applications.
- “Sunil [Gavaskar] is not available on that day and we had to postpone the meeting until further notice,” said Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Indian board.
- He was also confident that the team would have a coach for the tour to Australia in December. “We should be meeting in the next two weeks and since it’s an important tour there could be a name picked up.”
- The BCCI is yet to receive any applications that it considers “suitable”. “We’ve received about 20 applications but the committee is not completely happy.” Shah said it was possible the board would wait for more applications.
My only personal take on the above is that India will not get its coach to Australia if we do well against Pakistan!