INDIA HEAD COACH ROLE: Venkatesh Prasad throws his hat in the ring

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30 June, 2017

"I can work under Ravi Shastri or Virender Sehwag or whoever becomes the head coach and bring in my experiences as an global cricketer and a former coach", Prasad told Cricbuzz.

If Prasad does get to take over as the bowling coach, a post that was vacant under Kumble's tenure, he will have a fearsome bowling attack under his belt, one that boasts of big names like Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

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 though worked as Team India's bowling coach for a two-year term from 2007 and was part of the World T20 winning side's coaching staff in the same year.

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"I have not applied for the head coach's role yet and might not do so before the deadline". It was later disclosed that the man behind Ravi Shastri's rejection was Sourav Ganguly. It is learnt that former Indian seamer Venkatesh Prasad, who is now the junior national chief selector, has also applied for the job of India's coach.

Earlier, Kumble informed that skipper Virat Kohli had reservations about his work "style" and his extension as the head coach, which prompted him to resign.

Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Ravi Shastri and Venkatesh Prasad have applied so far.

Among the contenders, Shastri is the most favourite of skipper Kohli and has a good track record. There is also considerable support for Moody in the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which right now has six candidates to choose from.

Shastri applied for the job past year after being team director between 2014-16.


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