Chairman of national selection committee, Sandeep Patil has confirmed that he has applied for the vacant India coach post. But Patil rubbished reports that said the BCCI must have asked him to apply for the post.
Patil is not new to coaching, having guided junior India teams in the past along with some international teams such as Kenya and Oman. However, coaching India is a different thing altogether as it is one of the most prestigious jobs in the world, although he had done it for some time in 1996.
Calling the claims as 'cooked-up stories,' Patil said, "What the news channels are showing is absolute nonsense. The BCCI had advertised for the coach's job and I have offered my services. I have the desire to contribute whatever little I have to Indian cricket and the kind of experience I had starting with India under-19, India A', the Indian team, MP, Kenya and Oman. There can be a thousand better coaches than me and it will ultimately be the BCCI and the CAC's call."
Besides Patil, former team director Shastri, who has good backing of the senior players, is also expected to file his application for the job, and is a huge favourite. The names of other contenders like Daniel Vettori and Rahul Dravid have also been doing the rounds, but the final call remains with the BCCI.
Patil added, "Since 1994 when I was appointed as the coach of the India U-19 team, till I was made the chief selector, I have always been approached by the BCCI. This is for the first time in my life I'm applying." The 59-year-old former India dasher's term as the chief selector ends in September.
The cricket board is mulling to complete the selection process around June 20. Sources said that a working committee meeting to ratify the appointments would also be called around that time.