New Delhi. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to appoint Australian coach Troy Cooley as the fast bowling coach of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Cooley is regarded as one of the best fast bowling coaches in world cricket. The brightest moment of his career as England’s bowling coach came during the historic 2005 Ashes series when the home team’s fast bowlers turned into a nightmare for the Australian batsmen. Cooley was credited in the England dressing room for the success of Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones and Steve Harmison and planning for the poor performance of the Australian team.
A senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity, “I would say that one of the biggest successes for Sourav (Ganguly) and Jay (Shah) is getting Troy Cooley to work with the next generation of India’s fast bowlers at the NCA. To persuade to do.” He said, “We are hearing that BCCI will give a three-year contract to Cooley and he will work with NCA cricket chief VVS Laxman.”
Cooley was appointed by Australia the following year after a huge success with England in 2005, and he remained with the team until the 2010–11 season, after which he joined Cricket Australia’s ‘Center of Excellence’ in Brisbane. The BCCI is also ready to start an ‘exclusive’ deal for fast bowlers.
The plan to prepare the next batch of fast bowlers
Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav have all crossed the age of 30 and are likely to play only for the next two years. In such a situation, the BCCI is already planning how to prepare the next batch of fast bowlers and under which it is ready to bring ‘exclusive’ contracts for young fast bowlers. Ganguly, Shah, along with head coach Dravid and NCA chief Laxman, are understood to be trying to work out a contract that is “exclusive” and separate from the central contract.
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Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Shiv Sundar Das batting coach
Former Indian players Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Shiv Sundar Das were appointed as batting coaches. Both of them will return to their roles of batting coach at the NCA. The group’s third batting coach is Sintashu Kotak, who is set to travel to South Africa with the India A team.
Sairaj Bahulle will be the spin bowling coach
Former Mumbai leg-spinner Sairaj Bahulle will be the spin bowling coach, while the three BCCI-appointed fielding coaches for the NCA are Subhadeep Ghosh, T Dileep and Munish Bali. Dileep is currently working with India’s senior team for the series against New Zealand while Subhadeep is going to South Africa with the A team. Bali is expected to work with the Under-19 team.