Venkatesh Prasad was one of the candidates for the role of Bangladesh bowling coach  © Getty Images
Venkatesh Prasad was one of the candidates for the role of Bangladesh bowling coach © Getty Images

Former Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad that the news of him being linked to the role of Bangladesh’s bowling coach come as a ‘pleasant surprise’. But Prasad was quick to reply and said he is more keen on contributing to Indian Cricket. Prasad was among four options to replace current Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak who was appointed in May 2014 for a 2-year contract.  The other candidates who are being considered for the position, include – Sri Lanka’s bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake, former Sri Lankan left-arm pacer Chaminda Vaas and former Pakistan medium-fast bowler Aaqib Javed. Prasad, although has coached the Indian team bowlers from 2007 to 2009 and also guided the U-19 side to the 2006 World Cup finals. ALSO READ: BCB looking to replace Heath Streak with new bowling coach

“This news comes to me as a pleasant surprise,” Prasad said as quoted by Times of India. “I’ve not applied for the Bangladesh job as I always been expressing my desire to coach Team India bowlers. BCB may have expressed interest looking at my credentials as a coach,” said Prasad who has also worked as a bowling coach for IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

He continued saying – “I consider myself privileged to be coaching a national team. Having said that my aspiration is to contribute to Indian cricket”, as quoted by Cricbuzz. Prasad had earlier expressed the desire to coach the Indian Team or the National Cricket Academy. However, it is also learnt that Streak has applied for the post of NCA’s bowling coach that has been lying vacant after TA Sekhar refused the offer. Sekhar had refused the offer keeping in mind his commitments with the IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils (DD).