The BCCI has confirmed that its selection panel consisting of former greats Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly will be shortlisting and interviewing those who have applied for the role of the Indian head coach and will finalize a candidate before the Champions Trophy is over.
CAC To Decide
All three members of the cricket advisory committee (CAC) are in the United Kingdom which makes it easier for them to communicate and make a decision. So far the shortlisted candidates include current coach Anil Kumble, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh, Virender Sehwag and Richard Pybus.
Former Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott has also thrown his hat into the ring but since he sent in his application after the deadline, the CAC will need to make a decision if they can make an exception and still consider him. Whoever is appointed as the head coach is likely to receive a 24 month contract with the 2019 World Cup being a key benchmark.
The fact that the BCCI is looking for a new head coach when the current coach Anil Kumble has performed remarkably well during the last 12 months is strange. The BCCI has stated that its just following procedure as Kumble had a 12 month contract and it was only fair to once again see who was the best coach for team India.
Kumble – Kohli Partnership In Doubt
Reports surfaced that captain Virat Kohli and the Indian team were not too happy with Kumble’s strict coaching style and hence the BCCI were looking to fill Kumble’s shoes. Kohli has denied those allegations stating that all is well between team India and Kumble. However if the CAC decide to drop Kumble, it will be a sure sign that there were problems with the Kumble-Kohli partnership. If you take out Kumble, the top three candidates are:
Top Three Candidates
Tom Moody: The Australian has a wealth of experience coaching in the BBL and the IPL. He has a cool head on his shoulders and has played international cricket at the highest level.
Craig McDermott: Billy McDermott has done two stints as the Australian bowling coach in the past and his results were phenomenal. He can certainly help India’s seam attack but the fact that he has not held a head coach position might hurt his chances.
Virender Sehwag: Viru has great credentials as a player but very little experience as a coach. His recent stint in the IPL showed that he is not afraid to speak out against the captain and his team when they fail to perform – something that the BCCI and Kohli will not be very keen on embracing.