Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to announce next Team India coach before the end of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy. The tournament ends on June 18. BCCI has already invited applications for the position as current head coach Anil Kumble’s contract will end post-India’s campaign at the Champions Trophy.
Kumble too ha has officially re-applied for the post. However, BCCI has said that there was no need for him to file a formal application as he would be a “direct entry” into a final pool. Also Read- Vijay Mallya drops in at Virat Kohli event, Team India members avoid him
Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput, and Dodda Ganesh are some of the names who have applied for the post of head coach. All the candidates will be interviewed by Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which consists of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
Former Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott had also sent an application but that arrived after the May 31 deadline. The three-member CAC will assess the application and determine his eligibility for the interview.
According to ESPNcricinfo, it is expected that the CAC is likely to meet this week to finalise the process and interview schedule. The BCCI wants to identify a candidate before the Champions Trophy ends on June 18, as India travel to the Caribbean immediately after for a limited-overs series. Also Read- Baahubali takes a stroll with Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane
It was understood that BCCI’s fresh application for the post of head coach was because the board was concerned by player feedback on Kumble, with some of the players, including skipper Virat Kohli, have reportedly said they were uncomfortable with the “intimidating” style of Kumble’s man management.
However, despite all this, Kumble’s application was one of the first to arrive when the application process opened on May 25. Along with his CV, the legendary leg-spinner has sent a detailed roadmap outlining his vision for the future of the team.
It is expected that the new head-coach will get a two-year contract with the 2019 World Cup as a main target. Kumble had a successful year-long stint with the Kohli-led team and his tenure will conclude with the ongoing Champions Trophy in England.
Last year, the BCCI had advertised for the head coach’s position for the first time. While Ravi Shastri was the top contender for the role, Kumble bagged the job.
In 17 Tests, Kumble saw India win a dozen, drawing four and losing just one against Australia. India even retained the number one stop in Test ranking under Kumble’s term. (Inputs ANI).