The Indian cricket team is currently without a head coach as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to wait till the Indian Premier League (IPL) is complete before starting its interview process. The role became vacant after former test player Ravi Shastri’s contract expired and the BCCI decided not to renew it.
Shastri was more of a team manager than a traditional coach and took over after the BCCI decided to remove Duncan Fletcher. While the BCCI is yet to release any official information as to the names of the coaches they have in mind, there are rumours that India test captain Virat Kohli has recommended the former New Zealand bowler Daniel Vettori for the coaching role.
The 37 year old former New Zealand captain is currently the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise where Virat Kohli is the captain. The two have developed a good relationship and Kohli believes that Vettori would be a great candidate for the role. His recommendation carries a lot of weight as he is tipped to captain India in all formats of the game once MS Dhoni retires from ODI’s and T20 internationals.
The job of being head coach of the Indian cricket team is one of the most high pressured jobs in sports but also one of the most well paying jobs. New Zealand’s John Wright did a great job as the coach of the Indian cricket team during Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy. New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming who is coach of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise and former coach of the suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise has developed a great relationship with MS Dhoni over the years but there is no information as to whether he is interested in the coaching role.
The BCCI has appointed a Cricket Advisory Committee that has the likes of Sourav Ganguly VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar in it. The committee will be responsible for selecting the next head-coach and there were rumours earlier that test-great Rahul Dravid might be one of the candidates for the role.
Dravid is currently the coach of the India A and U19 teams. When asked if he would take up the role of the head-coach, he responded by saying “Any decision that I make at this stage of my life would depend on whether I have the bandwidth to do all of these things.”