BCCI extended the date for application to the post of Indian head coach to July 9, after which the speculations about who will be Anil Kumble’s successor have been rife. The two main competitors for the post are Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag.
While Shastri, the former Team India director, is the frontrunner in the race since he has the backing of Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar (who is also one of the members of the CAC) and some of the BCCI officials, Sehwag on the other hand is not being voted for by too many for the post.
Earlier, the former India opener had sent in a two lines CV to the BCCI while applying for the post, an immature act which didn’t go down well with many. If he becomes the head coach, people are apprehensive he may take on-field matters too lightly. According to sources close to BCCI, Sehwag would be asked to keep his mouth shut if he is appointed the coach of the side.
“Currently, no other candidate is the front runner but one never knows. We still have a few days more to receive the applications,” said the source.
“Yes, Viru is outspoken on social media,” the source admitted, “But then, if he is appointed, he would be instructed to keep his mouth shut. Our fear is that he would just say, ‘so what?’, if India loses a match or a series. That would surely ruffle the feathers of important people,” he concluded.
Among other applicants are Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Doddanarasiah “Dodda” Ganesh. After the application deadline closes in another nine day, the CAC will shortlist candidates for the interview round after which a final call will be taken by the BCCI and CoA.
The next coach will be finalized before India travel to Sri Lanka later in July.
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