| Team India coach at a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday. Picture by Santosh Ghosh
Mumbai: Greg Chappell was relaxed as he went around the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) HQ on Tuesday afternoon. The coach’s mood — he spent time interacting with Test specialist Wasim Jaffer, who’d dropped by, as well — may have had much to do with his employers having “no complaints” against him.
As of now, that is.
However, Chappell’s post-World Cup future will almost wholly be determined by Team India’s performance in that showpiece tournament.
“As his employers, there’s no complaint from our side... In fact, no player has come with a complaint either... It’s too early, though, to talk of the coach’s future after the World Cup... As I see it, much is going to depend on how we fare in the tournament,” a top BCCI official told The Telegraph.
He added: “As far as we know, Chappell wants to continue...” The former Australian captain’s 23-month contract ends with the World Cup.
Incidentally, according to another key official, a section within the BCCI “favours” the appointment of a desi coach. “Some do feel we shouldn’t continue with somebody from outside, but the problem is somebody like Sunil Gavaskar is busy with many things and a Ravi Shastri will be seen as young for the job...”
Mohinder Amarnath, it may be recalled, had been in the running after John Wright ended his innings in April 2005, but it’s Chappell who got the nod.
Had BCCI president Sharad Pawar turned up on Tuesday evening, he would almost surely have taken a coach-specific “feedback” from captain Rahul Dravid and vice-captain Sachin Tendulkar. Also, perhaps, had a one-on-one with Chappell.
Now, that has been put on hold till late March, when Pawar is expected to visit the West Indies before the World Cup’s Super Eight stage.