India coach selection, as it happened: BCCI denies appointing Ravi Shastri as Anil Kumble's successor

  • Sourav Ganguly, CAC member, insisted that he along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were keen on having a word with India captain Virat Kohli. Probably after that communication, BCCI might make the announcement. Just like yesterday, the wait for Kumble's successor continues, which brings us to the end of this live blog. 

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  • Chaudhary, BCCI acting secretary: I am expecting the (final) decision today. 

  • Chaudhary, BCCI acting secretary: No decision has been made on appointment of new coach. The CAC is still deliberating over it,

  • Contrary to the reports, BCCI has denied appointing Ravi Shastri as Anil Kumble's successor. 

  • Chaudhary, BCCI acting secretary: I think the three who will take a call on the subject are very tall figures.

  • BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary informs that the final decision on India coach is yet to be taken. 

  • Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live blog about India's head coach. 


The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) wants the Indian cricket team coach to be named by Tuesday, it has been reliably learnt.

According to sources, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been asked by the COA to appoint the coach by Tuesday, after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman deferred the announcement after interviewing five candidates on Monday.

File image of Ravi Shastri. Getty Images

File image of Ravi Shastri. Getty Images

Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody were the candidates who were interviewed on Monday by the three-member CAC.

"What we have decided is we will hold on for the time being for the announcement of the coach. We need a few more days and talk to a few more people, especially the captain and then make an announcement because we feel that there is no hurry at the moment," Ganguly told the media after the interviews.

The COA comprises Vinod Rai as chairman, and Vikram Limaye and Diana Edulji as the other members.

Shastri is considered to be one of the favourites for the job since he enjoys good relations with Kohli. The former India all-rounder had delivered results during his previous stint as Director with the Indian team, a factor which may also work in his favour.

The Indian team, especially skipper Virat Kohli, has been at the centre of a controversy after leg-spin legend Anil Kumble resigned as coach following a humiliating 180-run loss to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final on June 18.

Kumble had hinted at differences with Kohli in his resignation letter to the BCCI. There have also been reports that several players were unhappy with Kumble's strict disciplinarian approach.

Some players were also reportedly unhappy after Kumble handed a harsh dressing down to the team following the defeat in the Champions Trophy final.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115