Why Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly Cannot Coach Team India?
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking for a new coach after Ravi Shastri’s tenure culminated following the completion of the ICC World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom (UK). However, the cash-rich board has further extended his stay for 45 days, including the support staff. Thus, it would mark that Shastri will be with his wards for the Windies tour.
On the Caribbean tour, India will play the bilateral series comprised of three T20Is as many ODIs and two Tests.
Shastri’s impact is laudable:
Meanwhile, the board had asked for fresh applications by setting the deadline of July 30 by or before 5:00 PM. In between following the direct entry for Shastri, he had played a crucial role for Team India.
Under his tutelage, India had scripted history on the Australian soil by winning a historic Test series. They’ve also thrashed Australia in the ODI series, so as, New Zealand after South Africa.
They had won Tests on African and English soil to make things happen as Shastri shares a good bound with Team India skipper Virat Kohli.
Apart from Shastri being as a frontrunner for the coaching role, the social media users had expressed their wish to see either Virender Sehwag or former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly at the helm of affairs.
Pertinently, after Anil Kumble gave up his position in 2017, Sehwag had lost his head coach race to Shastri.
Meanwhile, the die-hard fans would be sad to know that both veterans are not eligible to serve Team India for the head coach position. While going by BCCI’s criteria it would leave Sehwag, Ganguly’s fans thoroughly disappointed.
BCCI had laid certain conditions for the head coach:
Among those laid conditions, the criteria set by BCCI suggested that the applicant should have served the Test-playing nation at least for two years. Also, head coach of an Associate team apart from the equivalent experience.
The conditions revealed those who had served any Indian Premier League (IPL) or equivalent for three years as a chief coach can apply for the post.
In this particular criterion, the Board had also addressed the chief coaches of ‘A’ teams and first-class teams, respectively.
Interestingly, the conditions had emphasised that the applicant should have featured in 50 ODIs or 30 Tests. It also maintained that one should have done BCCI’s Level 3 Certification programme.
In conclusion, the maximum age bar has been set as 60 for the head coach post.
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