Cricket team coach selection: The much awaited announcement of the next head-coach of the Indian cricket team has been put on hold and the cricket board has said that the committee would need few more days to come up with the final name. Addressing a press conference, former Indian skipper and a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee Sourav Ganguly said that “We will hold on for a few days the announcement of India’s next coach. We need to talk to a few other people especially the captain.” He further said that “We have to give credit to Virat Kohli that he totally stayed out of it, did not give any input on names (for coach).”
During the press conference, Ganguly also said that the advisory committee has carried out the selection process and even the final decision has been taken regarding the same.
Ever since Anil Kumble stepped down as the head-coach following a rift with the skipper Virat Kohli, the BCCI has been searching for a new coach. The final act was played out on Monday at the Cricket Board’s headquarters where the powerful Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman met the shortlisted candidates. For the record, the Indian Cricket Board had received 10 CVs out of which six got shortlisted for the interview process.
Ravi Shastri was the hot favourite going into the interviews round and what was going for him was the backing of the team captain. He was competing in the race with some of the big name of the sports which included Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Phil Simmons, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus. After the round of interviews, the three-men panel were to announce the new coach of the team, but that has now been postponed. The new coach will lead the Indian side for the Sri Lankan tour comprising of three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I.