The head coach of the Indian cricket team was scheduled to be chosen today but Sourav Ganguly, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member, said they need to speak to the people who matter, especially Virat Kohli, before making the final decision. Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag are top contenders for the position.
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The Indian cricket team will have a new coach very soon as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, interviewed the candidates today. Ganguly later said they need more time before taking a final call. Get highlights of the Indian cricket team coach selection here.
6:25 pm IST: So we’ll have a decision as soon as Virat Kohli returns to India. That’s it for today. Thank you for joining us!
6:15 pm IST: The Indian team for Sri Lanka Tests has already been announced. Rohit Sharma has been recalled while Karun Nair, who became the second Indian to score a triple-century in Tests, has been dropped. KL Rahul has also been named after missing the Champions Trophy and West Indies series due to a shoulder surgery.
6:00 pm IST: We synchronise the way forward and go out of the picture: Ganguly
5:57 pm IST: Rajput, Sehwag, Pybus, Shastri and Tom Moody appeared for interview: VVS Laxman
5:55 pm IST: We are not in a hurry to announce India coach: Ganguly
5:51 pm IST: Have to give credit to Virat Kohli that he totally stayed out of it, didn’t give any input on names (for coach): Ganguly
5:49 pm IST: We will hold on for a few days on announcement of India’s next coach, need to talk to few other people specially Virat Kohli: Sourav Ganguly
5:46 hrs IST:No Indian cricket team coach announcement today, need few more days: Sourav Ganguly
5:35 pm IST: Sunil Gavaskar turns 68, Virender Sehwag leads wishes on social media.
5:27 pm IST: Seems like we are just minutes away from the start of the press conference.
5:16 hrs IST: BCCI to address media soon to make the big announcement.
5:12 pm IST: Ravi Shastri was Indian cricket’s team director from their tour of England in 2014 to the 2016 World T20.
5:00 pm IST: The captain’s views may not be directly sought by the BCCI, but it is understood when the CAC members met Virat Kohli during the Champions Trophy, he made his preference of Shastri quite clear.
4:55 pm IST: The interviews are over. The announcement of the new coach is expected soon, according to sources.
4:41 pm IST: The announcement isn’t expected to take much time from here. Will Ravi Shastri bag the top role, or is there a twist in the tale?
4:32 pm IST: Virender Sehwag is the only one among the six candidates to not have any international coaching experience. His only assignment has been as mentor of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. Will that count against him?
4:20 pm IST: Ravi Shastri is said to share a good rapport with Virat Kohli. Will he be India’s next coach. We will know shortly.
4:05 pm IST: Tom Moody and Ravi Shastri are the only two candidates left to be interviewed now. The other four candidates have completed the process.
3:55 pm IST: BCCI acting president CK Khanna has called for the new coach to be given at least a two-year contract, keeping the 2019 World Cup in mind.
3:40 pm IST: Kohli, it must be noted, didn’t have the best of relationships with Anil Kumble. The latter resigned from his position saying the partnership between the two was ‘untenable’.
3:35 pm IST: India captain Virat Kohli had his say on the selection process of the Indian cricket team coach. “From a personal point of view can’t pinpoint anything or give details. Contrary to perceptions, we give our views as a team when the BCCI asks for it. There is no segretaion and we as a team respect the process,” he said.
3:30 pm IST: The name of the new coach is expected to be announced by 5 pm.
3:25 pm IST: Ravi Shastri will be giving his interview through Skype. He had stayed back in the UK after the ICC Champions Trophy.
3:23 pm IST: Virender Sehwag has left the Cricket Center after the interview. He was interviewed for close to two hours.
3:16 pm IST: Information for readers joining in now: Laxman and Ganguly are at present at the BCCI Cricket Centre while Tendulkar is joining via video conference
3:11 pm IST: Four candidates still to give their interviews. They are Phil Simmons, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody and Ravi Shastri. However, from information that we have gathered, Shastri will attend via video conferencing like last time.
2:59 pm IST: It will likely be clear in the evening who India’s next coach will be
2:52 pm IST: Virender Sehwag and Lalcand Rajput have completed the interview process
2:35 pm IST: As per media reports, Ravi Shastri may not be present in person for the interview.
2:35 pm IST: Tom Moody’s record as coach of Sri Lanka –
In Tests: Matches 18, Won 10, Lost 5, N/R 3.
In ODIs: Matches 70, Won 37, Lost 29, N/R 4.
In T20Is: Matches 3, Won 2, Lost 1.
2:30 pm IST: Richard Pybus’s record as coach of Pakistan, Bangladesh –
In Tests: Matches 6, Won 2, Lost 4.
In ODIs: Matches 24, Won 12, Lost 11, N/R 1.
In T20Is: Matches 8, Won 4, Lost 4.
2:25 pm IST: Lalchand Rajput’s record as coach of Afghanistan –
In ODIs: Matches 22, Won 11, Lost 9, N/R 2.
In T20Is: Matches 13, Won 10, Lost 3.
2:15 pm IST: Phil Simmons’s record as coach of Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies –
In Tests: Matches 22, Won 2, Lost 14, Drawn 6.
In ODIs: Matches 121, Won 46, Lost 68, Tied 2, N/R 5.
In T20Is: Matches 47, Won 27, Lost 16, N/R 4.
2:10 pm IST: Sachin Tendulkar, who is currently not in India, will join the meeting via Skype today.
2:00 pm IST: Ravi Shastri’s record as India team director –
In Tests: Matches 8, Won 5, Lost 1, Drawn 2.
In ODIs: Matches 16, Won 7, Lost 9.
In T20Is: Matches 20, Won 14, Lost 6.
1.50 pm IST: Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Phil Simmons are the other candidates, apart from Sehwag and Shastri.
1.35 pm IST: Virender Sehwag is at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai for the interview process.
1:20 pm IST: “It will entirely be the CAC’s call,” BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna had earlier said of the coach selection. Ganguly and Co. are expected to name the new coach by this evening.
1.15 pm IST: Virender Sehwag is one of the six contenders for the coaching role. His experience includes mentorship of the Kings XI Punjab team in IPL. It had been reported earlier that Sehwag had sent a two-line CV while applying for the position, a story he later denied.
1.05 pm IST: It is worth noting that Ganguly and Shastri have had a fractious relationship in recent times. The two had a public feud after Anil Kumble was chosen over Shastri as India’s head coach by the Ganguly-led panel last year. Ganguly was also reportedly keen on convincing Kumble to remain as India coach, and was in England during the ICC Champions Trophy last month, which was the spin bowling great’s final assignment.
1 pm IST: CAC’s Sourav Ganguly has arrived for the interview process.
12:57 pm IST: VVS Laxman is the first member of the Cricket Advisory Committee to arrive for the meeting. CAC chief Sourav Ganguly and coach candidate Virender Sehwag are expected to arrive shortly.
12:55 pm IST: Ravi Shastri was the team Director with India for a period of eight months till last year’s World T20. Will his previous experience help him bag the top job?
12:45 pm IST: The interviews are expected to begin at 1 pm. Six candidates have been shortlisted for the position.
12:30 pm IST: Amitabh Choudhary, the BCCI acting secretary, is the first person to arrive for the meeting in Mumbai. The interviews will be conducted by the three-member CAC.
Former team director Ravi Shastri is the front-runner to get the job, which is an open secret. The CAC meets in Mumbai today to scrutinise the candidates for the high-profile job.
For the record, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had received the CVs of Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma, Phil Simmons and Upendranath Bramhachari.
Shastri was the Indian cricket team director from 2014 to 2016 before Anil Kumble took over. Kumble had an acrimonious end to his one-year tenure after falling out with India captain Virat Kohli.
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