Former India bowler Paras Mhambrey has filed for the role of bowling coach for the Indian cricket team on Monday, according to a BCCI source (October 25). He has been affiliated with the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for about a decade and currently serves as the bowling coach of the India A squad and U19 Indian cricket team.

“Yes, Paras has officially filed for the role today,” a top BCCI official told PTI on Monday. “The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, October 26. Paras has the necessary experience, having spent the previous decade as part of India’s premier coaching system.”

After current senior pacers like Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav leave from the game in the coming years, the BCCI expects that the next batch of fast bowlers will be made up of people who have been coached or trained by Mhambrey either at U19 or A-team level. Mhambrey’s candidacy for the position of bowling coach indicates that members of his core team want to work with the national team.

Mhambrey’s application might be a major step toward Dravid formally entering the race as well. Dravid has been persuaded to take over the post that will be vacant after Ravi Shastri’s departure following the team’s T20 World Cup campaign, according to BCCI insiders. Only after he applies for the job will the deal be finalised. Mhambrey’s application indicates that members of his core team want to cooperate with the national squad. The A team programme has produced the next generation of fast bowlers, such as Avesh Khan and Prasidh Krishna.

Mhambrey, 49, played two Tests and three One-Day Internationals for India, as well as 91 first-class games for Mumbai and snared 284 wickets with 13 five-wicket hauls.