In the wake of Graham Ford’s decision to reject the job of the Indian cricket coach, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) received flak from former cricketers who accused the Board of "jumping the gun" by announcing the appointment without ascertaining his availability.
Former captain Ajit Wadekar said, “We have made ourselves a laughing stock.... without getting to know whether he wanted to accept the job or not.”
Chetan Chauhan, former opener, said BCCI had "made a mistake" by jumping the gun while former captain Krish Srikkanth said the BCCI wasted time by making an announcement before receiving any confirmation.
Sunil Gavaskar, who was also on the coach selection committee, said the Board was back to “square one” forced to look for a new coach.
Asked why the board went ahead with announcing Ford’s appointment before the latter’s commitment to take up the job, Board treasurer N. Srinivasan said “he will let us know when he can join (as India coach)."