Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Monday sought more time to name new Team India head coach. CAC members Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, interviewed the candidates for the head coach post and said that the final call will be taken after consulting captain Virat Kohli. However, it is now reported that the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have told the CAC to make the announcement on Tuesday (July 11).
As per CricketNext, CoA has pressed BCCI to name the new coach immediately following the discussion with the board’s CEO Rahul Johri. Also Read- CAC Seeks More Time to Name New Team India Head Coach
“Till around 9:30 in the evening, it was decided that the coach’s call would be made after the CAC meets with Kohli once he is back from America. But then things started rolling and the COA made it clear to the CAC that the announcement should be made today itself,” an official was quoted as saying by CricketNext.
Quoting a source close to the development, the report states that Virender Sehwag has impressed the CAC members most with his presentation. Also Read- Don’t Deserve to Win if We Concede Easy Chances, Says Virat Kohli
“The CAC met the five candidates available — Shastri, Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody and Lalchand Rajput. And while everyone put in a good presentation, three men who stood out were Shastri, Sehwag and Moody. But after much deliberation and looking at the pros and cons, the CAC believes that Sehwag is the right candidate for the job as he impressed with his vision for the 2019 World Cup. Also, Sehwag had to answer the tricky question of how he would handle the coach-captain scenario and he was clear that cricket was a game where the captain held fort and the coach’s job was to man the backroom.
“But then, the door isn’t closed on Shastri either. The CAC was indeed impressed by his presentation and it was then decided that Kohli should be brought into the scene and the skipper should make the call because at the end of the day, it is the captain who will have to spend time with the coach and the equation cannot be compromised. But, what is understandable is that the CAC will not take responsibility if Kohli goes for Shastri and that will be a call taken by the skipper,” he explained.
For now, it looks like, CoA wants CAC to take the final call and that too immediately. It will be interesting to see whether CAC and BCCI wait for Kohli to return or go ahead and name the head coach.