Sandeep Patil Absent, Shastri & Kumble Interview for Coach’s Job
The name of the next India coach is expected to be announced on June 24.
Former India captain Anil Kumble along with retired cricketers Pravin Amre and Lalchand Rajput made their presentations in front of the BCCI’s Advisory Committee that will be choosing the next national coach.
Kumble, Amre and Rajput met the panel comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar who joined via video conference from London, while former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale who is the ‘coordinator’ of the selection process assisted the trio.
Former India team director Ravi Shastri, the last man at the helm, was interviewed over video conference while current chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil is reported to have skipped the interview in Kolkata.
On the sidelines of the interviews, Sourav Ganguly spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon and said that this time round he did not want to “mess up” while helping out to chose the India coach. He was ofcourse referring to the time he recommended Australian Greg Chappell’s name in 2005.
Ganguly and Chappell shared a frosty relationship during two turbulent years in country’s cricket, a time when one of India’s celebrated captains removed from top job.
I once had an opportunity to select the coach. I thought I messed it up in 2005 (during Chappell’s recruitment). I have been given that opportunity again. I had taken an interview (Chappell) once and it did not go off well.Sourav Ganguly
The BCCI had asked for applications for the Indian coach’s job with an advertisement on its website and received 57 names from India and abroad. The list has now been trimmed down to 21 and the candidates were to be interviewed by the Advisory Committee on Tuesday in Kolkata.
The announcement of the board’s final decision is expected to be made on June 24 on the sidelines of its working committee meeting in Dharamshala.
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