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Sourav Ganguly’s criteria for next India coach: ‘One who wins matches’

In the aftermath of Virat Kohli - Anil Kumble spat, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly has revealed the criteria which the committee will keep in mind while hunting for the next coach. It’ll consider the “one who can win cricket matches”.

cricket Updated: Jun 26, 2017 12:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Sourav Ganguly,Virat Kohli,Anil Kumble
Sourav Ganguly had earlier said Anil Kumble’s decision to resign as Indian cricket team’s head coach at the last moment was his personal choice. (AFP/Getty Images)

Anil Kumble’s differences with captain Virat Kohli was the main factor behind his resignation as coach of the Indian cricket team. The entire episode has raised question marks on the BCCI and the CAC for failing to prevent a saddening episode in Indian cricket.

(Read | Anil Kumble’s decision to resign at last moment a personal choice: Sourav Ganguly)

In the aftermath of the Kohli-Kumble spat, CAC member Sourav Ganguly has revealed the first criteria which the CAC will keep in mind while hunting for the next coach. Ganguly has told NDTV that CAC will consider the “one who can win cricket matches”.

The former Indian skipper said, “The CAC will take directives from the BCCI on the next coach.”

(Read | Virat Kohli put on notice by BCCI after Anil Kumble’s resignation)

The BCCI has widened its search for the next coach. The deadline to apply for the role of India’s head coach has been extended till July 9, 2017, and the CAC — comprising Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman — will soon be among thick of things to select India’s next coach.

The first applicants were Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Doda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Kumble himself, who was asked to accompany the team on India’s tour of the West Indies.

The Indian cricket team has already registered their first win, in a comprehensive manner, post the exit of Anil Kumble as the head coach. MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh are said to be shouldering a lot more responsibility in dealing with the young cricketers. The workload has also increased for skipper Virat Kohli.

(Read | ‘Anil Kumble - Virat Kohli communication had stopped six months ago’)

While it remains business as usual for the cricket team, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) officials are facing a tough time back home over all that has transpired in the past week regarding the Kohli-Kumble spat.

Kumble resigned last Tuesday, in the period when the Indian cricketers were in the flight to the Caribbean while the coach had stayed back in London post the Champions Trophy 2017 final against Pakistan, to attend an ICC meeting.

BCCI official Rajeev Shukla had promised that the next coach will be appointed before India’s tour of Sri Lanka — their next assignment following the completion of the Caribbean sojourn.

First Published: Jun 26, 2017 12:23 IST