Virender Sehwag is now tipped to be the front runner to replace Anil Kumble as the Team India head coach. There are five other in fray. Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh have submitted application for the coveted post. Anil Kumble, the Team India coach, by virtue of his current position stays in the race.
Ex-Australia all-rounder Tom Moody, and former Pakistan and Bangladesh coach Ri chard Pybus, who is now director of cricket for the West Indies , are learnt to have applied for the job. Ex-India pacer Dodda Ganesh and former India A coach Lalchand Rajput are also believed to be in the fray.
The deadline to submit the application was May 31. There is no likelihood that BCCI’s Committee of Administrators will consider any other application now. The three-member committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, will decide on the incumbent if Kumble goes out.
Sources says that Sehwag was persuaded by the board officials to submit his application. This makes the former India opener the most favoured candidate for the job. However, if Sehwag is selected and he accepts the job he will have to compromise with his other interests. He is in England doing commentary for the Indian broadcaster. He has also been active and reported to be successfully monetizing social media commercially. As Team India coach he will have to compromise with these commercial aspects of his career. He is also the mentor of IPL team King’s XI, Punjab. Ramchandara Guha, who resigned as the CoA member, in an explosive letter to the CoA chief Vinod Rai has raised the issue of conflict of interest regarding Rahul Dravid being the Indian under-19, India-A coach as well as Delhi Daredevils’ mentor. The same shall apply to Sehwag.
Kumble’s stint as the coach has been extremely successful with 12 wins and just one loss in the 17 Tests played during his tenure. The performance should have guaranteed the former India captain and country’s most successfully Test bowler an automatic extension. But his reported differences with captain Virat Kohli have virtually made it difficult for Kumble to retain his current position. It is stated that Kumble too is not interested and if his candidature were by virtue of his current position, he won’t have applied for the job.
Former India opener Rajput was Team India’s coach that won the World T20 in 2007. And he has experience of coaching youth teams, including India U-19, and India A. Rajput was at the helm as manager when India won CB Series in Australia and then made way for Gary Kirsten.
The three-member advisory panel of Sachin, Laxman and Ganguly are also entrusted the task of ensuring truce between Kumble and Kohli. But the captain is stated to be reluctant. The advisory committee is scheduled to meet COA head Vinod Rai – who will be on a personal visit to England with his wife, and BCCI officials in London this week.