Venkatapathi in race for spin bowling coaching in Bangladesh
India’s former spinner Venkatapathi Raju is one of the contenders for the coaching role in Bangladesh. This was revealed by Nazmul Hasan Papon, the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Speaking exclusively, he said, “We have shortlisted Venkatapathi Raju and Sunil Joshi’s names for the post of a spin bowling coach with our national team. In fact, we wanted any one of them on the current Sri Lanka tour but owing to their non-availability immediately, we could not sign any of these two”.
Sunil Joshi is contacted with the Asam team and is not available till next month. Raju was working with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) but is free now, it is learnt here.
“We have time to sign any of these two before our next international tour”, the BCB chief added.
Interestingly, Joishi’s name was recommended by Team India coach Anil Kumble, while Raju’s name has not been recommended by any Indian, but he already had few meetings with the BCB representative.
Confirming this, Akram Khan, the former ODI skipper, who is also heading the BCB’s Cricket Operations department, said, “during our tour to Hyderabad for the one-off Test, I met Raju and discussed the options of working with our national team. He already has sent us a CV and are discussing with him. Our cricket committee will take a final call on this”, Akram Khan signed off.
The off-spinner Raju, 48, has played 28 Tests and 53 ODIs, whereas Joshi has played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs’.