Mumbai: Former Indian men's cricket team coach Gary Kirsten, who will be interviewed for the position of the Indian women's team coach, was earlier deemed 'ineligible' for the post.
Kirsten, as per a Cricketnext report, was not ready to let go his role as coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, BCCI has opened the scope for discussion with Kirsten on the matter as there is no issue of conflict of interest. The only concern that remains is that Kirsten won't be available for the Indian women's cricket team in the two months of IPL.
“We want to keep the option open with Kirsten. Our intention is just to have a discussion with Gary,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying on Cricketnext.
The hunt for India's new women's cricket coach will take place on Thursday when short-listed candidates, including Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs and Ramesh Powar, appear for interviews before the BCCI selection panel.
The other shortlisted candidates out of the 28 applicants who will be interviewed are WV Raman, Venkatesh Prasad, Manoj Prabhakar, Trent Johnston, Mark Coles, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Brad Hogg.
The high-profile short-list which will be interviewed by an ad-hoc panel comprising ex-India players Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.
It is learnt that most of the foreigners will give their presentation via Skype while locals like Powar will appear in person.
"The ad-hoc panel comprises former players of high repute. I have no doubt that the committee will pick the best one," a BCCI official told PTI.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), comprising chairman Vinod Rai and former India captain Diana Edulji, have been divided over the coach selection process.
While Edulji wanted Powar to continue at least till the New Zealand tour starting next month, Rai instructed the BCCI top brass to invite fresh applications.
Powar's controversial interim tenure ended on 30 November after a bitter fallout with ODI captain and senior player Mithali Raj over selection issues.
The board is now going ahead with the interview process.
Powar decided to apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the former India spinner.
What might go against him is the sequence of events that lead to the interviews. Powar and Harmanpreet, along with other members of the team management, decided to drop Raj for the World T20 semifinal which the team lost to England by eight wickets.
After returning home from the West Indies, Raj accused Powar and Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her.
Powar, on his part, accused Raj of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team.