Ravi Shastri’s is now emerging the top contender to return as the head coach, or director cricket operation for team India. The BCCI has cleared the decks by extending the window for seek applications for the job.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India officials are reportedly persuading the former captain and team India director. However, it is stated that Shastri is reluctant to apply unless he is assured of a 100% chance of his return. The decision on new incumbent, however, be based upon the recommendation of BCCIs’s Committee of Advisors – comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri and VVS Laxman. Considering that Shastri has had an ugly spat with Ganguly, BCCI might find it difficult to assure him 100% success on his application, before the selection process is complete.
On Tuesday, Kumble resigned as the head coach of Indian cricket team following a difference of opinion with skipper Kohli.
The CAC, entrusted with the task to find Kumble’s successor would be looking beyond the current list of applicants. The BCCI has extended the timeline for submission of applications for the post of ‘Head Coach’ for India Men’s Cricket Team, said a Press release on Friday. The candidates who have applied earlier need not reapply and will be included in the final list of applicants. The last date for submission of applications is hence extended to the 9th of July, 2017
It means that the likes of Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh – who have applied for the job of head coach – need not submit fresh applications. However, this also makes it evident that the CAC and the BCCI are not fully satisfied with the credentials of these applicants. Sehwag was tipped to be the front runner from the lot.
It was made clear that CAC would take time to find a new coach and the announcement could come after the West Indies series, which is just before the Sri Lankan series. India will certainly have a new coach before the tour of Sri Lanka next month, the BCCI has said on while admitting that it failed to resolve the differences between Kumble and Kohli. “Team India will get its new head coach before tour to Sri Lanka. The assignment of the new head coach will be till the next World Cup to be held in June 2019 in England,” media reports have quoted BCCI acting president CK Khanna as saying. Another top BCCI official, Rajeev Shukla, has reportedly said all possible efforts were made to sort out the issues between the captain and the coach.