Sternly admitting the need to end the mystery surrounding the next Indian coach, the Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (COA) has dictated the BCCI to name the candidate by today evening. On Monday, things were left right on the edge when the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman deferred the decision to announce the next coach.
The interview process went on for a well four hours in the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, where several candidates were asked for their blueprints for the team’s campaign till the 2019 World Cup. It is believed that Virender Sehwag, a now hot favourite for the position, was questioned for a decent couple of hours.
In the end, Ganguly addressed the media and stated that the process wouldn’t be complete without having a word with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who currently is holidaying in the USA. Rai’s chamber, however, has asked the BCCI to get going and name the person for the job by Tuesday itself.
“Mr Rai has asked the BCCI to announce the name the head coach by Tuesday evening,” a source in the BCCI was quoted saying. “He has spoken to the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and to the BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and asked to name the head coach.”
Ganguly admitted the need to have a word with Kohli on the same yesterday.
“We want to speak to Virat Kohli once he is back from America, all three of us along with the respective people concerned. We will explain to him 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 because once we make the announcement it has to be till the 2019 World Cup,” Ganguly said.
“You got to give credit to Virat that he is just completely straight about it. He has no input, he has not sent any names, but we feel as the Advisory Committee that he is the captain, which is the most important thing in cricket. He and everyone of us need to be on the same page because for us Indian cricket is more important. We are just a small bit; the main bit is the players who are going to play with the coach.”