The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is meticulously contemplating the candidates for the next head coach of Indian cricket team and the cricketing body has downplayed the role of current captain Virat Kohli in the selection process. The final announcement for the coach has been stalled for a while as CAC has said that they need to consult with other officials and Kohli as well.

Anil Kumble’s abrupt resignation from the position of India’s head coach raised a few eyebrows and then his citing of ‘untenable relationship’ with skipper Virat Kohli caused a furore among the cricket fraternity.

But a top Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has spoken on the ongoing process of coach selection and has also said that the team skipper plays just an adequate role in the appointment or dismissal of a coach.

He said, “Let’s get one thing straight. The final decision maker is the CAC and not Virat Kohli.”

Earlier, former Indian team captain and CAC member Sourav Ganguly announced that the process is being delayed because some people, including Virat Kohli, who will lead the Indian cricket forward needs to be consulted.

The BCCI official clarified Ganguly’s statement saying, “When Sourav said that he will speak to Virat, he meant that once he is back from a break, he will be told what CAC feels about each candidate.”

“Virat’s opinion will not be sought. But as a captain, he needs to know the rationale behind the appointment. So he will be kept in the loop,” he added.

Five candidates — Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag , Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput — are in the race to fill the vacant head coach position of Indian cricket team.

Reportedly, Ravi Shastri is the front runner and there are many chances that his appointment will be announced in coming days.

First Published | 11 July 2017 1:57 PM
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