In a straightforward manner, the BCCI has clearly stated that Indian skipper Virat Kohli will have no influence on the selection of the next Indian coach. With the recruitment process for the next Indian coach currently underway, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was quite pleased with the interviews of the potential candidates. The likes of Tom Moody and Richard Pybus, in particular, were well equipped with their answers and came in with a long-term view in mind.
Once Kohli had a fallout with former Indian coach Anil Kumble, it was a just mere formality to see the leg-spinner walking out of his role. Kumble’s hasty departure, hours before the team left for the Caribbean, meant that a negative perception was created surrounding Kohli. In order to maintain that, the BCCI had the ultimate authority over the next Indian coach, an official from the board stated that Kohli will have no say in the selection,
“Let’s get one thing straight. The final decision maker is the CAC and not Virat Kohli. When Sourav said that he will speak to Virat, he meant that once he is back from a break, he will be told what CAC feels about each candidate that they interviewed and why they are choosing a particular candidate,” the source said. “Virat’s opinion will not be sought. But as a captain, he needs to know the rationale behind the appointment. So he will be kept in the loop,” the official said.
Elaborating about the interviews, conducted on Monday, the source said,
“Some of the presentations were excellent. Pybus and Moody, in particular, were really well prepared with answers for tough questions. Ravi and Viru also gave elaborate answers on some of the tricky issues. There were two basic questions that every candidate was asked.”
“The first was their vision going into 2019 World Cup in England and secondly the role of a coach compared to the captain. They were asked how would they handle delicate situations as and when it arises,” the source further added.