The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) six-member special committee, chaired by its President Ranbir Singh Mahendra, will interview four candidates at New Delhi on May 19 to appoint a coach of the national team.
The candidates in the running to take over the mantle are Australians Greg Chappell and Tom Moody, India's Mohinder Amarnath and West Indian Desmond Haynes, who have all confirmed to attend the interview, BCCI Secretary and Convenor of the special committee, S K Nair, said in a statement on Friday from Thiruvanathapuram.
Sandeep Patil, among the four short-listed by the BCCI's special committee at its meeting in Kolkata last Sunday, and former England off-spinner John Emburey -- who had also been approached -- have expressed their inability to take up the job because of their current coaching assignments, Nair said.
The names of Haynes and Emburey had not been revealed earlier after the meeting of the BCCI's special committee which only said that some others from overseas were also being approached apart from the short-listed names.
The special committee comprises Mahendra, Nair, former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya and three ex-Test cricketers - Sunil Gavaskar, Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Ravi Shastri.
Nair said the letters to attend the interview on May 19 had also been sent to Haynes and Emburey apart from the four who were named as possible candidates at Kolkata.
"While Chappell, Moody, Amarnath and Haynes have confirmed their availability for the interview, Sandeep Patil and Emburey have expressed their inability because of their current coaching assignments," Nair said.
Patil is currently coaching Oman and is guiding the Gulf nation in the ICC Trophy tournament, to be held in Ireland next month, from which five teams would qualify for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
The former batsman, who was coach of the Indian team for a brief period in 1996 when Mohammed Azharuddin was the captain, is also busy in coaching school children in Mumbai.