The D-Day is just a few hours away for the interested candidates who are in the race to become Team India’s next head coach. The cricket advisory committee, featuring Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, will be meeting tomorrow (July 10) to discuss the probable names and shortlist the perfect candidate for the top job in Indian cricketing fraternity.
BCCI has been intensively looking for a replacement of legendary spinner Anil Kumble, who resigned from the post before the West Indies series. Following the departure of Kumble, BCCI extended the deadline for the applications till July 9 (till midnight).
The new coach will get a two-year contract, according to the speculations.
Ravi Shastri Front-Runner
Former team director Ravi Shastri, who had initially not applied, is being touted as the clear front-runner for the job. The former Team Director narrowly missed out the job to Anil Kumble last year. But, this time around, it seems that he may end up winning the post.
The BCCI has nine other CVs as well, and among them are the likes of Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody, who seem to be the biggest challengers for Shastri. It is widely speculated that if not Shastri, the high profile position will end up in the kitty of either Sehwag or most likely Moody considering the Australia veterans coaching experience.
Sehwag has a two-year stint as Kings XI Punjab mentor while Moody has a good track record as an international mentor having coached Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final and Sunrisers Hyderabad to an IPL win in 2016.
Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma (Oman national team coach), Phil Simmons and Upendranath Brahmachari (engineer with no cricketing background) are others who are in the list of candidates.
Only Six To Be Interviewed
It has been rumoured that the CAC will interview only six of the 10 candidates. As per the sources, the six likely candidates are Shastri, Sehwag, Moody, Simmons, Pybus and Rajput. Lance Klusener also has slim chances of getting interviewed but only if CAC is unsatisfied with the six top runners which are very unlikely to happen.
Earlier, it was reported that the BCCI, with the intentions of avoiding any standoffs between candidates and the CAC members, had decided to assign full authority to the CAC in terms of making the final decision. It was also understood that the there would be no interviews at all.
However, things have undergone slight modifications as of now.