The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), featuring Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, will be meeting today (July 10) to interview the three shortlisted candidates – Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody and Virender Sehwag – and choose the perfect man as Team India’s new head coach.
This day was long awaited by fans and cricket experts as the events which led to this point were very controversial and unsettling. The Indian cricket fraternity was in a divide after Anil Kumble resigned from the position of the head coach just before the start of the tour of West Indies.
BCCI intensified its search for a replacement following the resignation by Kumble. The deadline to apply for the job was July 9 (till midnight) and the CAC will meet today in Mumbai.
End to all drama
The controversial departure from Anil Kumble created a storm in the Indian cricketing fraternity. The legendary spinner reasoned that it was because of differences with skipper Kohli that he had to overlook the possibility of a contract extension a move on. Apart from the controversy, the team culture was also put to question by many fans.
All the drama is slightly exhausting. But, now it is all set to reach a conclusion.
The newly elected coach’s first and the biggest task will be to assemble the best possible squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. All the incidents that took place last months have taken away the attention from the mega event. But, once the new head coach comes aboard, the preparations will back on track.
Ravi Shastri favourite, Tom Moody the best challenger
Ravi Shastri, the former Team Director, is currently the front-runner for the position. Last year, he narrowly missed out the opportunity to Anil Kumble but now he may realise his goal. Tom Moody, the former Australia cricketer, is the only candidate who can compete with Shastri.
Moody was the man behind the highly successful run which the Sri Lanka had during the 2011 World Cup final and has also led 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 but they are no out of the race.