Decision on next India coach deferred

Tuesday, 11 Jul, 2017

"We have made a decision to hold the announcement of the coach". There were speculations that the committee will declare the name of the coach today itself but by the end of the day, it has been made clear that the board need a few days more to announce the next coach. "It was expected that he would be re-appointed as Head Coach in light of the performance of Team India during his tenure and that it was always better if more people applied", Johri had said in his explanation.

The former India captain added that Virat Kohli stayed out of the entire coaching selection.

After the Kumble-Kohli saga, the CAC will have to be prudent in its choice as the new coach will be given a two- year contract. The CAC did not invite former India medium-pacer Dodda Ganesh for the interview and said former West Indies allrounder Phil Simmons wasn't available to participate. It is waiting for the captain to return to the country from the Caribbean, presumably to speak to him in person, while one of its own members attends meetings electronically.

However, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will interview only six of the 10 candidates. "That was on a different aspect and that chapter is shut", Ganguly said. "Ahead of finalising one name, we would like to consult the Indian skipper Virat Kohli".

Ganguly hinted that the coach will be picked before the Sri Lanka tour that begins with the first Test on July 26. As per sources, the six likely candidates are Shastri, Sehwag, Moody, Simmons, Pybus and Rajput.

"That is why we feel Virat, who we respect so much, is an important cog of the system".

With the next coach set to hold the post till at least the 2019 World Cup, a well-thought out decision has to be made, for which the committee has rightly chose to take some more time and discuss with captain Kohli.

"We can't only look at Sri Lanka though it's a long tour", said Ganguly.

Ganguly informed that the whole process of selection is concluded and just the announcement is awaited. "We have to give credit to Virat". What is important for us is we are not going to play.