India skipper Virat Kohli will reportedly have the final say in the selection of the head coach. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), on Monday (July 10), deferred the decision of naming the new coach to an unconfirmed date in order to take Kohli’s inputs before announcing Anil Kumble’s replacement.

Five candidates- Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Ravi Shastri were interviewed by the CAC comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman on Monday. And while speculations were rife that the new coach would be revealed after the conclusion of the interview at BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, the three-member panel decided to take some more time before appointing the new man.

“The announcement has been put on hold. We will speak to Virat Kohli first, there is no hurry. Let him come back from America,” said Ganguly after the interview ended. “Virat has not given any inputs. The CAC will go out of the picture once Virat is spoken to. The Sri Lanka tour is not the objective, long-term objectives are kept in mind. The process is concluded, nobody else will be in the reckoning.”

Earlier reports had suggested that Kohli would not play any role in the coach selection especially after what happened with Kumble but news outlet ABP has reported that the CAC is keen to take the skipper’s inputs before revealing the name. In fact, the new coach will be decided by the India skipper. However, it comes with a catch.

Kohli’s affinity Ravi Shastri is well known among the cricketing circles but the former team director is out of the picture. Shastri has been tipped by many to take charge of the team but reports are suggesting that the former India cricketer has been eliminated from the race.

According to ABP, BCCI sources have revealed that Kohli will be asked to choose one between Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody.

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