Whatmore out of Indian race; Is Sri Lanka’s Arjuna in?

BANGALORE, India, June 4, 2007 (AFP) – India’s cricket chiefs failed to name a new national coach on Monday even as South African Graham Ford replaced Dav Whatmore as the frontrunner for the post. “We have decided to invite Ford and another coach of foreign origin for discussions,” N. Srinivasan, treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told reporters here.

“We have not been able to reach the second person so far but we hope to do so soon.

“We had made contact with Whatmore before. By implication, you can say that Whatmore is out of contention.”

BCCI sources told AFP that former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga may be the other person invited for talks in Chennai on Saturday.

A seven-man coach selection panel of the BCCI took the decision to invite the two following a dinner meeting on Monday in this southern city.

BCCI president Sharad Pawar heads the panel, which also included three former captains in Sunil Gavaskar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Ravi Shastri.

The panel’s choice of a successor to former Australian captain Greg Chappell, who quit after the World Cup, will have to be approved by the BCCI’s working committee on June 12.

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