No foreigners, BCCI prefers Hindi-speaking coach

The BCCI has advertised for the post of head coach of the Indian team. Candidates interested and qualified have to apply by June 10.

Published: 02nd June 2016 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2016 05:44 AM   |  A+A-


BCCI President Anurag Thakur (File|PTI)

CHENNAI: The BCCI has advertised for the post of head coach of the Indian team. Candidates interested and qualified have to apply by June 10. According to one of the points specified, they should know Hindi. If this is adhered to, chances of hiring foreigners are ruled out. The advert contains nine points candidates have to satisfy. The sixth one reads: “Communication skills befitting the coach of an international team are mandatory, with the ability to effectively convey the right messages and must demonstrate proficiency in English. It is desirable to communicate in Hindi and other regional Indian languages.”

Given that nothing is mentioned about assistant coaches, it can be assumed that the BCCI will pick them in consultation with the new chief coach, or appoint who they deem fit. It has been learnt that Ravi Shastri, who was in charge of the team as director from 2014 to WT20 that got over in April, is set to apply afresh.

The preference for language means others applying for the post will also be from India.

Other criteria...

Should have successfully coached a team of any of the member countries of ICC, at first-class or international level.

It’s preferred that the candidate should be qualified through a certification/assessment program conducted by any of the full member countries and possess a valid certification.

Should prepare and present plan elaborating the approach for ‘Team India’ to attain leadership position in all formats.

Demonstrate methods/tools to measure individual player performance and present metrics to the board, which will measure the team’s performance on a consistent & timely basis.

Demonstrate understanding & ability of employing a multi-disciplinary approach that will include sports psychology and sports medicine, and manage the workload of the players, enhancing their contribution to the cause of the team.

Should be versed with latest technologies/trends in sports software and ability to utilise them, which will assist in analysing/improving performance.

Candidate should have an impeccable personal record, devoid of past or current disputes, with any member board of the ICC or its affiliates.

Demonstrate plans and ability to contribute to the NCA and forecasting/planning to develop the next generation and agree to make themselves available for the NCA, when they are not with the team.

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