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Indian skipper Virat Kohi will have no say in the selection of team India’s head coach this time around. A BCCI official confirmed The Indian Express that Kohli will not have a say in the selection of coaches this time.
On the previous occasion, it was clear that Kohli had a large say in the selection of Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. The former India all-rounder did not show interest in the job when BCCI advertised for the post.
As soon as the news of Anil Kumble’s resignation came out, BCCI again advertised for the job. This time, Shastri threw his hat in the ring and was already the favourite even before the process began. Reportedly, he had the backing of CAC member Sachin Tendulkar and captain Kohli.
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, during a presser, had also said that CAC will consult Kohli before announcing the coach. The very next day, BCCI confirmed Shastri as the head coach of the team. BCCI also named Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan for different roles but that idea did not materialise. Shastri brought in Bharat Arun as bowling coach while Sanjay Bangar was elevated to the post of Assistant coach from batting coach.
It is no doubt that Shastri is still Kohli’s first choice and he would want him to retain the job but Kohli will have no say in the selection process.
Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by Kapil Dev is expected to take a call on coaches. Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will be the two other members of CAC. The same panel had selected WV Raman as the head coach of Indian women’s team last year.
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The former CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman is non-existence now due to various conflict of interest issues. The trio had been selected by BCCI in 2015 and they oversaw the appointment of two coaches – Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri – during their stay at CAC.
The new head coach and other coaches will assume their roles for the home series against South Africa as Shastri and co will travel to West Indies for now.