Chief selector Sandeep Patil wants to be India’s chief coach

Sandeep Patil, the current chairman of selectors, is the biggest name in the first rush of applicants for India’s head coach job. Indians have thrown their hat in first in the ring couple of days after Indian cricket board invited applications for the position. Current selector Vikram Rathour, Pravin Amre, Lalchand Rajput, and Hrishikesh Kanitkar are all set to apply. Though Ravi Shastri, whose tenure as team director ended recently, is yet to formally apply, it’s just matter of time before he does. “Yes, I have applied for Indian team coach job,” Sandeep Patil told The Indian Express. Patil took over as chairman of selectors in September 2012, and his four-year term is about to end. Patil has sent his CV to BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke. It’s easy to see why a lot of Indian coaches are showing interest in the job. One of the nine criteria listed in the application by the BCCI was regarding communication with the team: “The ability to communicate in an Indian language is desirable but by no means mandatory”. Already, there has been a bit of drama over the language clause. The initial line in the application had mentioned “Hindi and other Indian languages” before the board issued a correction a day later to include that it was not mandatory, and also removed the mention of Hindi to make it more generic. “It is desirable to communicate in Hindi and other regional Indian languages” clause was changed to The ability to communicate in an Indian language is desirable but by no means mandatory”. The second criteria of the board was that the candidates should be preferably certified coaches. “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.”

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