| Jawagal Srinath
Calcutta, Feb. 28: With neither captain Sourav Ganguly nor coach John Wright formally asking the Board for a bowling coach, before today’s working committee meeting in New Delhi, it’s likely that Team India will leave for Pakistan without one.
“A representation should have been made and, in turn, that had to be discussed (by the working committee). Now, no matter what Sourav Ganguly’s views, making an appointment is going to be difficult,” a well-placed source told The Telegraph.
Sourav, who went on record the other day saying the team would have a bowling coach before leaving for Pakistan (March 10), was expected to personally speak to the Board president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, this morning.
That didn’t come about — one possible reason being that Sourav had to leave for Mumbai and couldn’t link up before the meeting — and, with Wright too not interacting, there will be “protocol problems.”
In any case, the next working committee meeting won’t be before the team’s departure.
Of course, both the captain and coach (who is back from New Zealand) could make a representation on Monday, when the ODI squad is picked here. Dalmiya, after all, is going to be in the city and there will be an opportunity for Sourav and Wright to have a closed-door session with him.
If an exception is made on the protocol front, Jawagal Srinath is going to be the one to join the support staff.
Even if the working committee didn’t talk about Bruce Reid’s successor, it appointed joint secretary Prof. Ratnakar Shetty as manager.
Given that the tour is sensitive, the choice couldn’t have been better. More important, Prof. Shetty was recently in Pakistan (as head of the delegation reviewing arrangements) and, so, has ‘acclimatised’ himself.
Meanwhile, according to Board secretary S.K. Nair, the squad for the three Tests will probably be picked after the fourth ODI (Lahore, March 21).
The first Test, in Multan, begins on March 28. The competitive part of the tour commences on March 13, with ODI No. 1 in Karachi.