The hunt for the India cricket team coach began at a city hotel here on Tuesday. Applicants such as Anil Kumble, Lalchand Rajput, Praveen Amre, Sandeep Patil, Ravi Shastri and Venkatesh Prasad are likely to be interviewed before the day is out by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar with Sanjay Jagdale as convenor. Tendulkar will join the discussion from London through video conferencing.
Vikram Rathour, Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Robin Singh are some of the others who are said to have applied.
It couldn’t yet be confirmed whether the foreigners who have applied, including former Australia cricketers Stuart Law and Tom Moody are some of the names doing the rounds, would be here or interviewed through video conferencing. Shastri too, it was learnt, will be reached out through video conferencing.
Shastri was the team director after Duncan Fletcher left. Fletcher was the last coach the senior India team had. Shastri’s contract ended with the World T20 where India lost in the semi-finals to the West Indies. Under Shastri, India also played the semi-finals of the 50-over World Cup in Australia last year.
A total of 21 names have been shortlisted from the 57 applications that the BCCI had got in response to its advertisement seeking a coach for the India team. According to an earlier report, should the CAC want, details of all 57 applicants would be provided. It was, however, learnt that the shortlist of 21 has been pruned before the process of interviewing candidates began.
The process is likely to continue through the evening with a break in between because Ganguly, who is also the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), may have to attend a working committee meeting also scheduled for Tuesday evening.