BCCI to invite more applications for India coach’s post. Doors open for Ravi Shastri?

Updated on Jun 21, 2017 03:18 PM IST

Anil Kumble on Tuesday refused extension of his contract till the West Indies tour, citing Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli’s reservation over his ‘style’ of functioning.

Anil Kumble stepped down as Indian cricket team coach on Tuesday after India lost the ICC Champions Trophy final to Pakistan in London on Sunday.(Reuters)
Anil Kumble stepped down as Indian cricket team coach on Tuesday after India lost the ICC Champions Trophy final to Pakistan in London on Sunday.(Reuters)
Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

The BCCI has decided to invite more applications for the post of Indian team’s coach to give Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) a wide range of options for picking a suitable candidate.

The cricket Board’s move came following Anil Kumble’s acrimonious exit from the job.

READ | Virat Kohli forcing Anil Kumble out ‘sad day for Indian cricket’: Sunil Gavaskar

Kumble yesterday refused extension of his contract till the West Indies tour, citing captain Virat Kohli’s reservation over his ‘style’ of functioning.

A top BCCI official associated with the process told PTI that another 7-10 days may be given for fresh applications so that other interested candidates with suitable qualification and stature can apply for the top job.

READ | Anil Kumble resigns: 5 possible replacements including an ex-PAK coach

“Look, when we had invited applications last time, Anil was an automatic entry. That might have prompted a lot of people from thinking that what’s the need to apply when current coach is doing well and is in the mix,” a senior BCCI official told PTI today.

“Now the situation has completely changed. A lot of people will now be interested knowing it’s an open field,” the official added.

READ | Anil Kumble says ‘untenable’ relationship with Virat Kohli led to his resignation

According to reports, Ravi Shastri’s name is also doing the rounds. The former all-rounder was also the Indian cricket team director from August 2014 till April 2016.

Shastri took over after former coach Duncan Fletcher’s contract was not renewed in 2015 and under his guidance India reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World Twenty20.

When BCCI had advertised the post, the last date to send application was May 31.

Asked about Virender Sehwag, who is considered favourite, the official said, “Sehwag’s application has no relation with BCCI to call for more applications. In the end, it would be CAC which will decide on the next coach. More the options, better the choice.”

As of now, Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus, Doda Ganesh are the applicants.

Former Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott also had applied but it was rejected as it didn’t come on time.

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