Samaraweera in fray to become India’s batting coach

2019-08-21 at 06:02

Former Sri Lanka batter Tilan Samaraweera is in the running to become Indian national team’s next batting coach.

He was released by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board recently and is currently working with the New Zealand team.

Meanwhile, former England batsmen Mark Ramprakash and Jonathan Trott have also emerged as high-profile candidates for the role of India’s batting coach as the BCCI interviews several persons to appoint support staff this week. The Indian board has started the recruitment process to find batting, bowling and fielding coaches for the team and the interviews are scheduled to take place from Monday to Thursday.

Ramprakash and Trott are understood to have been interviewed along with other candidates that include Tilan Samaraweera, Pravin Amre and Vikram Rathour.

Former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes and Ant Botha have applied for the post of fielding coach.

For the bowling coach position, Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi and Amit Bhandari are understood to have applied.

The contracts of the head coach and the assistant coaches ended after the World Cup in July before they were all given extensions for the ongoing tour of the USA and the West Indies.

The BCCI has since extended Ravi Shastri’s contract as head coach for another two years.