Revealed: The only question candidates for Team India coaching job had to face
All the candidates who had to give an interview for Team India coach job were simply asked a common question — how will you take India to the No. 1 ranking, according to some latest reports.
The Indian candidates were not even questioned about their likely salary they would expect for the post. Kolkata-based sources suggest, all candidates were separated in their individual ‘comfortable’ rooms and they couldn’t even interact with each other once the interview process was going on.
“We were kept in the dark about the identity of other candidates as were not able to cross the path also,” one former player who appeared for the interview on Tuesday, said. “I gave a presentation, which lasted about 45 minutes,” he said.
Sachin was communicating through video conference, other members of the Cricket Advisory Committee were present. The committee is likely to suggest the names of their preferred candidates to the Board very soon and BCCI could announce the name of the new Indian coach very soon.
The Cricket Advisory Committee, involving Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman, believed to have interviewed six to seven candidates on Tuesday.
Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri as expected from the beginning, were two of the most high-profile candidates who came for the interview.
While Kumble appeared in person for the high-profile interview, Shastri joined the interview process through Skype as he is currently in Thailand.
Earlier, while speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Sourav Ganguly claimed that he will not “mess up” this time as he did once when he recommended Australian Greg Chappell’s name back in 2005.The other candidates who were interviewed were Tom Moody, Stuart Law, Lalchand Rajput, Pravin Amre and Andy Moles.
Ganguly and Chappell had to share a frosty relationship during two turbulent years in Indian cricket history, a time when one of India’s most celebrated captains was removed from the captaincy.
“I once had an opportunity to select the coach. I thought I messed it up in 2005 (during Chappell’s recruitment). I have been given that opportunity again. I had taken an interview (Chappell) once and it did not go off well,” Ganguly said during the launch of his book ‘A Century Is Not Enough’.
Anil Kumble may have been relatively a late entrant into the long list of candidates for the Indian coaching job but his outstanding pedigree and vision to make the team successful abroad may now have given him the steering wheel of Indian cricket. Going into the final round, Kumble looks to be the frontrunner now.
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