NCA likely to appoint Vishwanath as batting coach

Bangalore, Dec 7 (UNI) Former Team India Cricket Captain Gundappa R Vishwanath today declined to comment on the reports about his appointment as the batting coach of the city-based National Cricket Academy.

Speaking to UNI, the former little master, who scored his maiden Test century against Australia at Kanpur in 1969 and known for his artistic display in 70s and early 80s said he, too, heard about the news, but had not received any official confirmation from the BCCI.

''Until I get the official confirmation I would not be able to comment. However, I had been involved in the NCA as a batting consultant and have toured many places in the country,'' he added.

The former International Cricket Council (ICC) Match Referee is at present associated with Karnataka State Cricket Association Academy here.

Media reports said the NCA Governing Council which met here yesterday under the Chairmanship of Ravi Shastri, had decided to appoint Vishwanath as its batting coach.

The former Karnataka cricketer and now a cricket administrator, Vishy has scored 6080 runs at an average of 41.93 in 91 tests and also played in 25 One Day Internationals. He led the country in two tests.


Story first published: Friday, December 7, 2007, 20:39 [IST]
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