Team India coach fiasco: SC-appointed COA wants BCCI to make the announcement today

FP Sports, Jul, 11 2017

A day after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman deferred the announcement of India's new coach, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to announce the name of the new coach on Tuesday, according to report in the Indian Express

The CAC members had divulged on Monday that skipper Virat Kohli will be consulted before the new coach — who will stay till the 2019 ODI World Cup — is appointed.

Representative photo. AFP

Representative photo. AFP

"We have a Sri Lanka tour coming in a week's time and the board will continue with the same set (of people) for the time being. We want to speak to Kohli when he returns from America. We will explain to him that the coaches want to function in a certain way and make sure that everybody is on the same page before we make the announcement," Ganguly had said on Monday.

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

According to the report, the CoA headed by Vinod Rai, has asked the cricket board to update Indian team captain Kohli about the presentations made by these applicants and make the final announcement without any further delay.

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 Team Director with the Indian team, a factor which may also work in his favour.

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

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.

Ganguly, however, made it clear on Monday that the CAC is aiming to appoint a coach who will be able to guide the team over a long period of time and will gel well with Kohli and other members of the Indian team.

"We are in no hurry. We are not looking at only the Sri Lanka tour because that will be a long affair. What is important for us is we are not going to play. It is the coach, the players and the captain. We are a part of that.

"That is why we feel Virat, who we respect so much, is an important cog of the system. I was captain, Laxman was probably the best in the world. So we understand where it goes. We will take a call which is the best way forward for the team and the boys because ultimately they are going to play and they going to give results," he added.

But with the CoA reportedly asking the board to make a quick appointment, it will be interesting to see how the BCCI, who have been at loggerheads with the Supreme Court-appointed CoA over several other issues, and the CAC, which includes some of the biggest names in Indian cricket, react to CoA's orders.

With inputs from IANS

Published Date: Jul 11, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 11, 2017

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