India goes for a local ‘shrewd thinker’ after Ford disappointment

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NEW DELHI, June 12, 2007 (AFP) – India’s cricket chiefs on Tuesday appointed former player Chandu Borde the manager-cum coach of the national team for the upcoming tours of Ireland, Scotland and England. The veteran, who turns 73 next month, was given charge of Rahul Dravid’s side a day after South African Graham Ford turned down India’s offer to coach the team.

Borde, a top order batsman and widely respected as a shrewd thinker of the game, played the last of his 55 Tests in 1969 and captained India in one match.

He later served as chief selector from 1999-2002, but was currently leading a retired life at his home in the western city of Pune.

Borde will manage the Indian team for the five one-dayers against Ireland, South Africa and Pakistan in Belfast and Glasgow between June 23 and July 3 and the subsequent full tour of England.

He will be assisted by bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and fielding coach Robin Singh during the three-month tour.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will continue their search for a full time coach after Ford’s refusal to take up the 300,000-dollar a year job.

“Borde will manage the team in England as we look for a coach,” sai