Raman and Hirwani were the batting and bowling coaches, before their contracts expired recently. © Getty
The BCCI on Monday interviewed six candidates for the position of batting and bowling coaches at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
Former Test cricketers WV Raman, Narendra Hirwani, Sunil Joshi, M Venkataramana, Ramesh Powar and ex-Tamil Nadu batsman Diwakar Vasu appeared for the interview, which was conducted by Committee of Administrators (CoA) member and former India women’s team captain Diana Eduji, former Test wicket-keeper Saba Karim, who’s currently the GM, cricket operations in the BCCI, and Board CEO Rahul Johri at the BCCI office here.
Raman and Hirwani were the batting and bowling coaches, before their contracts expired recently. Joshi is currently the spin bowling coach of Bangladesh, while Powar, interestingly, will appear for another interview on Wednesday at the BKC – that of the Mumbai coach.
Sundaram applies for job
TOI has learnt that former pacer Pradeep Sundaram has applied for the Mumbai coaching job after the Mumbai Cricket Association extended the deadline for the same by three days. Monday was the last day for sending the applications for the post. Sundaram played for Rajasthan for more than a decade. He has the distinction of taking ten wickets in an innings in a Ranji match and took 16 wickets in a Ranji game against Vidarbha in 1985-86 season. He has managed the Rajasthan team previously and also guided the Mumbai Under-23 team twice to Col CK Nayudu triumphs.
He was also a bowling coach at the (MCA) Bandra Kurla Complex facility. It’s learnt that the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) approached allrounder Abhishek Nayar with the offer of coaching the Mumbai team, but Nayar rejected it, saying he still had more to offer as a player.
The CIC will conduct the interviews at BKC on Wednesday. Besides Sundaram and Powar, former India wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra, and ex first-class players Pritam Gandhe and Vinayak Samant and Vinod Raghavan have sent their applications.
In another development, the MCA’s CoA, comprising of retired judges Hemant Gokhale and VM Kanade has called for a meeting with the members of the managing committee on Tuesday evening.