Hunt for India coach: Search panel meets Kumble, Amre, Rajput


The latest episode of the much-discussed ‘Coach ki khoj’, which is beginning to resemble a reality show, took place on Tuesday as the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee ( CAC ) met here to interview some of the shortlisted candidates.

While Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were present along with coordinator Sanjay Jagdale, Sachin Tendulkar, the other member of the panel, joined in via videofrom London where he is holidaying at present.

The advisory panel, which was appointed in June last year, had already met a few times to discuss the procedures before meeting the short listed candidates at a city hotel here on Tuesday.

BCCI is looking for a coach for Team India after team director Ravi Shastri’s contract expired at the end of the World T20 event earlier this year.

The board put up an advertisement on its website on June 1 and set June 10 as a deadline for candidates to apply for the post.

Later the board had short listed 21 from a list of 57 initial applicants. According to Ganguly, he and his fellow-panelists on Tuesday interviewed 11 candidates, of whom three had come down for a face-to-face interaction.

All other candidates, including foreign applicants, were interviewed via video conference.

Former Mumbai batsman Praveen Amre was the first to show up, having arrived with Jagdale in the morning. Later the panel met another former Mumbai player Lalchand Rajput and former India leg-spinner and captain Anil Kumble. Strangely, Shastri, who is seeking an extension on his tenure and is regarded as a frontrunner to get the job, did not turn up on Tuesday, but made his presentation via Skype. “Yes we have talked to some foreigners too,” Ganguly confirmed. Englishman Andy Moles, who has coached New Zealand and Afghanistan in the past and former Australian players Stuart Law and Tom Moody were among the foreigners who made their presentation via video conference.

“We will not be interviewing any more candidates. The process ends today,” Ganguly stated.”We are expected to finalise our choice by today and will submit our report to the BCCI secretary’s office,” he added.

The name of India’s new coach is likely to be made by the BCCI president on June 24 after the board’s working committee meeting in Dharamshala on Friday.

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