BCCI postpones announcement of new coach

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Mumbai, July 10 (IANS) The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday decided to postpone the selection of a new coach for the national team by a few days.

Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody were the candidates who were interviewed on Monday by the three-member CAC which includes former India captain Sourav Ganguly, former India batsman V.V.S. Laxman and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons is also a candidate but is yet to be interviewed.

“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 CAC members also said that India team captain Virat Kohli will be consulted before a new coach — who will stay till the 2019 ODI World Cup — is appointed.

“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 said.

“Once we make the announcement, the new coach will stay till the World Cup. To be honest, what we heard from the coaches today is not different from last year.

“They were outstanding, specially some of the names we discussed. We were pleasantly surprised and happy when we heard how they want to go about the job,” the former India captain added.

–IANS

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