Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, part of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), said they need more time to finalise the next coach for the Indian cricket team. Ganguly added that they want to have the captain Virat Kohli on the same page.
“Whatever, I say, I take Laxman and Sachin into confidence. It’s a decision we all three have taken. We have interviewed all the candidates except Phil Simmons who has not been available for the interview and we have decided that we will hold on for the time being for the announcement of the coach. We need a few more days and talk to a few more people especially the captain and then make an announcement because we feel that there is no hurry at the moment,” said Ganguly while addressing the media.
He further added that the same set of people are likely to continue for the Sri Lanka tour. “For the Sri Lankan tour coming up in a week’s time, board headed by Amitabh (Choudhary), Rahul (Johri), Vinod ji (Rai), Anirudh (Choudhary), the board will probably continue with the same set for the time being,” said Ganguly.
Ganguly added that Virat “needs to understand how the coach will operate.” “We want to speak to Virat Kohli, once he is back from America, all three of us, the respective people concerned, we will explain to him that the coaches want to function in a certain way and make sure everybody is on the same page once we make the announcement. Once, we make the announcement, it has to be till the World Cup and to be honest what we have heard form the coaches today is nothing different from what we heard last year and the way things have gone.”
Talking about Virat’s role in selection of the coach, Kohli praised the current India skipper for staying away from this.
“You have to give the credit to Virat that he has totally stayed away from all this. He has no inputs, he has not sent any names. We feel as an advisory committee that he is the captain which is the most important thing in cricket we feel that every one of us needs to be on the same page because for us Indian cricket is more important. We are just a small width, the big width is the players who are going to play and the coach,” Sourav told.
The CAC met on Monday to interview the candidates for the high-profile post. Sehwag’s interview lasted for close to two hours. Other than Shastri, the Indian cricket board received applications from Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma, Phil Simmons and Upendranath Bramhachari.
Former coach Anil Kumble stepped down as India’s coach last month saying that skipper Virat Kohli had reservations with his ‘style’ before Team India left for the recently-concluded West Indies tour without Kumble. He also refused a two-week extension offered to him by the BCCI. There was a lot of tension between the coach and captain due to difference in working styles.
While Kohli remain tight-lipped over the matter, Kumble had a long ‘Thank You’ post when he resigned from the position. Kumble’s decision took everyone in the Indian camp by surprise as they were expecting the former India leggie to accompany them in the West Indies.