The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to announce the name of the Indian team’s head coach by Tuesday evening, The Hindu reported on Tuesday. CoA chairperson Vinod Rai has spoken to Board of Control for Cricket in India Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri and to the BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary about the matter.
The BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee led by former cricketer Sourav Ganguly had on Monday stated that he, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman would speak to Indian captain Virat Kohli before naming the coach. “We want to have a word with Virat Kohli before finalising [on a name] so that everybody is on the same page,” Ganguly had said. “He needs to understand how different coaches operate. We will speak to him after he returns from South America.” Ganguly said the team captain had not suggested any names.
The committee, constituted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, had received 10 applications for the post. Former cricketer Ravi Shastri is believed to be the favourite for the job. Besides Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus, and an engineer with no cricket background, Upendranath Brahmachari, had sent in their applications.
The Indian team’s next head coach will get an initial contract of two years.
The post fell vacant after Anil Kumble’s unceremonious exit last month. It was rumoured that Kumble had quit because of a massive rift with Kohli. Kolhi had refused to comment on the speculation during a press conference on June 22.