Ramprakash tipped for NCA batting coach job
Jonty Rhodes didn’t make the cut in the top three for the fielding coach’s post but Mark Ramprakash did when it came to the batting coach.
While the No. 1 choice in all the categories was recommended for the post of the national men’s team’s support staff, the second- and third-ranked candidates would be considered for India-A and at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. “There is no point in looking at second and third positions except in one case where we brought in Mark Ramprakash, otherwise I don’t really see taking them (foreigners). We will be using them for India-A and we might use them for NCA also,” said chief selector M.S.K. Prasad.
What next for Bangar?
However, the shortlist for batting coach’s post is intriguing since Sanjay Bangar has been placed second, sandwiched between the new batting coach Vikram Rathour and Ramprakash, former England batsman.
Does this mean that Bangar would be considered for the post that’s been vacant? The Hindu understands that the selection panel listed Bangar at No. 2 primarily as a mark of respect for his contribution.
The selection panel doesn’t really expect Bangar to take up the NCA role.
That would make Ramprakash — who has expressed desire to work with India’s fringe players after doing the same with England U-19 and England Lions for six years — a prime contender for the NCA batting coach position.
But as Prasad stressed, the final call will be taken by Rahul Dravid, the Head of Cricket at the NCA.