Calcutta: During his playing days, Greg Chappell never consciously worked towards getting noticed: His bat did the talking and, consequently, the arc lights never quite left him.
Over two decades after bidding cricket farewell (with 7,110 Test runs, including a century on debut and in his last game), the former Australian captain wants his coaching-specific presentation to now do the talking.
That’s going to be placed before the Board’s specially constituted six-member ‘selection’ committee.
'I don’t wish to run a campaign for the Indian coach’s job through the Media' I hope you will appreciate my sentiments,' Chappell told The Telegraph on Tuesday evening.
One of four shortlisted for an interview, Chappell received the Board’s formal invitation (by e-mail) earlier in the day.
'I’ve been honoured by this call' Beyond that, though, I wouldn’t like to say anything,' he maintained, when contacted on his cellphone.
The invitation hasn’t specified the interview date, but Chappell can (if required) make it to India at short notice.
The maestro, it may be recalled, first heard about his shortlisting from this newspaper.
As of now, Mohinder Amarnath, Sandeep Patil and Tom Moody are the others whom the committee is going to interview.
Chappell hasn’t coached a national team, but handled South Australia for five years. Also, some 12 months ago, Pakistan took him on board as a general consultant.
Should Chappell be John Wright’s successor, a face-off with Pakistan will come very early in his India innings.