Sandeep Patil denies claims about being prompted to apply for India coach job
Chief selector Sandeep Patil has cleared the air about rumours of him being asked by senior BCCI officials to apply for the job of Indian coach as per reports. “What the news channels are showing is absolute nonsense,” said the former Indian cricketer as he denied the claims. It came as a surprise to many when Patil decided to put his name in the fray for one of the most highly sought-after jobs in world cricket at present and he will be up against the likes of former team director, Ravi Shastri.
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Explaining the driving force behind his decision, the 59-year old said, “The BCCI had advertised for the coach's job and I have offered my services. I have the desire to contribute whatever little I have to Indian cricket and the kind of experience I had starting with India under-19, India A', the Indian team, MP, Kenya and Oman. There can be a thousand better coaches than me and it will ultimately be the BCCI and the CAC's call.”
A couple of decades ago, Patil did have a brief stint as coach of the Indian team; however, he was replaced by Madan Lal just six months after he assumed the role. His greatest success as a coach came with the Kenyan national team as he helped them reach the semi-finals of the 2003 ICC World Cup.
Sandeep Patil also threw light on the fact that this was the first time he has applied to the BCCI for a job. “Since 1994 when I was appointed as the coach of the India U-19 team, till I was made the chief selector, I have always been approached by the BCCI. This is for the first time in my life I'm applying,” he quipped.
Patil had taken over from Kris Srikkanth as the chief selector for the Indian team back in the year 2012 and his tenure comes to an end in the month of September.