Coach Ki Khoj: Search panel meets Kumble, Amre, Rajput

New Delhi: With just two days left for the selection of head coach for India’s first class national team, the Indian Cricket board’s advisory committee (CAC), is all set with the Master Blaster Sachin Tendukar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman as the interviewers. The proceedings will held in co-ordination with Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Secretary Sanjay Jagdale.

On Tuesday a much discussed ‘coach ki khoj’ where three member of CAC were present to interview some of the short listed candidates at a city hotel, where VVS Laxman and Saurav Ganguly were said to have conducted an interview along with Sanjay Jagdale, but Sachin Tendulkar, another member of the panel joined via Video conferencing, as he is currently vacationing in London.

BCCI is looking for a team director after Ravi Shastri, as his contract expired at the end of the World T20 event earlier this year.

For which the board put up an advertisement on its website on June 1 and declared June 10 as the deadline for the application of the candidates. BCCI received 57 applications in regard of the same among which 21 candidates were shortlisted.

According to Ganguly he along with his fellow panelist interviewed 11 candidates on Tuesday, among which 3 had made their way up for a face to face interaction with them.

All other candidates including the foreign applicants were interviewed via video conferencing.

Talking on the same, former Indian  captain Sourav Ganguly said, “I once had an opportunity to select the coach. I messed it up in 2005(during Chappell’s recruitment). I have been given the opportunity again. Hopefully, we will do it correctly, whoever it is.”

Among three selected candidates are Former Mumbai Batsman Praveen Amre, former Mumbai Player Lalchand Rajput and former India leg spinner, skipper and mentor of IPL teams Anil Kumble. Shastri who has been looking for an extension of his tenure and is presumably a frontrunner to get this job, didn’t show up for face to face discussion and 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 were present via video conference.

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