Ajay Shirke, BCCI Secretary has given the clarification over the necessity to have command over an Indian language © PTI
Ajay Shirke, BCCI Secretary has given clarification over the necessity to have command over an Indian language © PTI

BCCI has​​ made a slight clarification on the requirements from all those who are willing to apply for the prestigious position of  India‘s coach. The board had said in its communique in point 6 that it’s desirable for all those who are applying for the post, to demonstrate a good ability to speak in Hindi or any other Indian language. It was implied from this statement that it is preferred to have a good command on an Indian language though it is not a mandate. But some media houses felt that this was utterly required and they mentioned the same on their online or/and print platform. The governing body for cricket in India has now cleared the air on the same and added that the knowledge of an Indian language is by no means compulsory.

The BCCI wants that the incumbent “should have also successfully coached a cricket team of any of the member countries of the ICC, at the first class or at the International level. It is preferred that the candidate should be qualified through a certification/assessment program conducted by any of the full member countries and currently possess such a valid certification,” reads point three of the circular. It has been learnt that Ravi Shastri, who was team director until the World T20, will apply for the job and so will his support staff comprising Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun.

Besides that, the candidate should be able to prepare and present a coaching plan for India to attain leadership in all formats of the game. The BCCI also wants somebody who does not have a track record of being embroiled in controversies. “Mandatory that the candidate should have an impeccable personal record, devoid of any past or current disputes, with any of the member boards of the ICC or its affiliates.”

(With PTI inputs)