The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to appoint Vikram Rathor, Paras Mhambrey and T Dileep as the batting, bowling and fielding coaches of the Indian team respectively. All will work under head coach Rahul Dravid, who has been instrumental in getting all three into his support staff. It is believed that all three interviews took place on Thursday itself. In fact, according to the constitution approved by the Supreme Court, the selectors have to choose the coaches and the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will have to choose the head coach, but the process of these appointments is yet to be known.
Mhambrey’s appointment was already expected due to his long association with Dravid in the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Under-19 and India-A teams. Dravid himself has admitted that he is comfortable working with the 49-year-old Mhambrey, who played two Tests and three ODIs for the Indian team in the late 90s. At the same time, Rathor, 52, was also an automatic choice, as he received good reviews from the Indian team. He had recently revealed that he has reapplied for the post. Apart from him, Hyderabad’s fielding coach Dileep went on a tour of Sri Lanka with the Indian team in July under Dravid’s guidance, so he will be part of Dravid’s support staff. Incidentally, outgoing fielding coach R Sridhar was also from Hyderabad.
The trio will have to report in Jaipur ahead of the first T20I against New Zealand on November 17. The Indian team will play a total of three T20Is and two Test matches against New Zealand before flying to South Africa.