After the Top Contenders for the Post were Interviewed in Mumbai on Monday, Sourav Ganguly of the BCCI’s CAC Says Captain Virat Kohli Will Have to be Consulted 1st.
The Announcement of India’s Head Coach has been Deferred, with the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) Members, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, & V.V.S. Laxman Wanting to Talk to Skipper Virat Kohli before Deciding on Anil Kumble’s Successor.The CAC Interviewed 5 Candidates, Virender Sehwag, Ravi Shastri, Lalchand Rajput, Tom Moody & Richard Pybus at the Cricket Center here on Monday in Person & Via Skype. Phil Simmons was not Available.It appears that the CAC did not Reach a Unanimous Decision, which means neither Shastri nor Sehwag were a Clear Favorite among the Indians. A BCCI Official said: “It’s between Shastri & Moody.”
The Selection Process, which Included Presentations by the Candidates, Spanned 4 Hours.
“We have Decided [to] Hold on for the Time Being,” said Ganguly. “We Need a Few Days More & Talk to a few more, Especially the Captain once he Returns home from the US. We feel there is No Hurry at the moment.
“There is a Sri Lanka Tour Coming in a Week’s Time & the Board will Probably Continue with the same Set-Up (that was in Place for the West Indies Tour) for the time being.“We will Explain to him (Kohli) that the Coaches want to Function in a Certain Way and make sure that Everybody is on the Same Page before we make the Announcement, & once we do so, it has to be Till the 2019 World Cup.”
When Asked if the BCCI will be able to Announce the Name before the Test Series in Sri Lanka, Ganguly said: “We are not only Looking at the Sri Lanka Tour because it is a Long Tour. What is Important for us is, we are not Going to Play; it is the Coach & the Captain, & we are just Part of it. We Shouldn’t be Seeing Again, 6 Months Down the Line, Something Different.”
Ganguly also said Kohli is a Vital Cog in the System.
“You got to Give Credit to Virat that he is just Completely Straight About It. He has not Sent any Names, but we feel that he is the Captain which is the Most Important Person in Cricket.
“Virat needs to Understand how the Coaches also Operate. We have not Identified the Candidate; we have just Listened to all of them. What we say here is Honest & Nothing Changes.”