I like to work with people who I know. “Anybody who thinks he can contribute his best for Indian cricket can and should apply”.
When further asked about his opinion on the way BCCI handled the selection process of India’s head coach, Robin refused dwell deep in the matter. “Thus, this arrangement”, he said. Interestingly, amidst this prevailing suspense and confusion over the appointment of Team India’s support staff, came a release from the India Cements Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) that Arun will coach the VB Thiruvallur Veerans – one of the teams of the Twenty20 tournament – in the upcoming edition, which will be held from July 22 to August 20. Everyone makes it a controversy. The Indian team will be leaving for Sri Lanka on Wednesday and BCCI is likely to announce the support staff on Tuesday. “I tell Rahul Dravid you can’t do an IPL, but [then] I [can’t] tell the others you can do what you do and I will pay you”, the official said, pointing out inconsistencies if Zaheer were to be employed without resolving possible conflict issues. Robin also didn’t want to comment on the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble showdown stating that he wasn’t aware of what was going on.
CEO of Cricket PNG, Greg Campbell, confirmed last week Gillespie was initially appointed as a consultant on a 12-month term and will fill in as the interim Head Coach of the Barramundis following the departure of Dipak Patel.
The India captain did not hesitate to tell Sehwag that he preferred the current support staff over his, due to their experience and bonding with the team over three years.
The various stakeholders involved look do not look to be communicating effectively with each other, as was obvious when the CAC wrote a letter to the CoA expressing its disappointment at the manner in which it was being targetted by the media only for what it believed was the job assigned to it. The rest is up to the CAC, there is a support staff in place and has worked with this team for a while now.