Cricket Advisory Committee has completed interviews to pick the Head Coach of the India’s national cricket team. Announcement will only be made after consultation with captain Virat Kohli.
Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag are the top contenders for the coveted post. The incumbent will get the responsibility till 2019 World Cup.
The three-member CAC, comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, interviewed the candidates at the BCCI’s Cricket Centre in Mumbai on Monday. Tendulkar, who is currently not in India, joined the meeting via Skype.
Minutes before a Press conference was expected to announce the replacement for Anil Kumble, Ganguly said: “We are not in a hurry to announce India coach. We will hold on for a few days on announcement of India’s next coach as we need to talk to few other people specially Virat Kohli.”
Ganguly, while saying the CAC will consult the captain, also tried to clear the air that Kohli has no active role in the selection. “We have to give credit to Virat that he totally stayed out of it and didn’t give any input on names (for coach).” added Ganguly.
On the Kohli-Kumble controversy, Ganguly said that the chapter is shut now.
The CAC during the day interviewed six candidates. Sehwag is the lone candidate, interviewed for job, to not have any international coaching experience. His only assignment has been as mentor of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
Phil Simmons, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Ravi Shastri and Lalchand Rajput were the other candidates, who appeared for interview. Two Mumbaikars, Shastri and Rajput have had stints as a coach with Team India in the past.
Pybus has been the coach of the Pakistan and Bangladesh national cricket teams. Rajput is currently the head coach for Afghanistan national cricket team. While, Simmons’s has coached Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies.