New Delhi: Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad has ended the rumours which stated that he has joined the race to become the head coach of the national team. In a report published in a leading daily, it was being reported that Prasad has officially applied for the job.
However, the former India bowling coach has quashed those rumours by saying that he hasn't applied for the job yet and doesn't intend to do so before the deadline.
"I've not applied for the head coach's role yet and might not do so before the deadline," Prasad was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"However, I'm very much keen to contribute to Indian cricket as an assistant coach or a bowling coach. I can work under Ravi Shastri or Virender Sehwag or whoever becomes the head coach and bring in my experiences as an international cricketer and a former coach," he added.
Prasad had worked in the capacity of the bowling coach in the past as well. He was at helm for two years following his appointment ahead of the 2007 World Cup.
The Indian team didn't require a bowling coach under the stewardship of Anil Kumble. And Prasad said that if the CAC feel that he is worthy enough to take the team forward, he will be more than happy to do the job.
"I'm not sure whose prerogative it is to pick the assistant or bowling coaches but if the legends at the CAC - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman consider me worthy, I will be more than happy to work towards the betterment of Indian cricket," Prasad said.
Prasad is currently serving as a junior national selector and his three-year term will come to an end this September.
Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag are two of the most high profile candidates for the job. While apart from these two stalwarts, Tom Moddy, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Doddha Ganesh have also applied for the coveted hot-seat.
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However, former team director Ravi Shastri is being seen as the number one contender after he decided to apply for the role.
"Yes, for sure," Shastri told CricketNext over a message when asked if he was finally ready to apply for the vacant position.
CricketNext had earlier reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had approached former team director Ravi Shastri to apply for the coveted post, after deciding to re-open the application process for the now vacant position.
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The only drawback for Shastri is that he is not in the good books of Cricket Advisory Committee member and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, and this could work in the favour of other contenders.
The duo had an open fight after Shastri's candidature was rejected last time. Shastri had accused Ganguly of not being present when he had given his interview via Skype. Ganguly on the other hand had criticised Shastri for not meeting the CAC in person.
And after the news spread like wildfire that Shastri is all-set to applied for the job, Ganguly was quoted as saying:"Everybody has got the right to apply. We will find out. I can also apply provided I'm not an administrator."
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