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Suspense prevails over appointment of India's next head coach

Written by: Subhasish Dutta New Delhi 11 Jul 2017, 18:59:15 IST
Subhasish Dutta

Suspense prevailed over India's next coach with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday saying there was still no consensus on the appointment of Anil Kumble's successor. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary addressed a press briefing in the evening where he said that the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman was still deliberating on the possible candidate.

The BCCI denied reports that Ravi Shastri has been appointed coach of the Indian cricket team. Amid media frenzy that Shastri has been named coach till the 2019 World Cup, BCCI Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary stated, "No decision has been made on appointment of new coach. The CAC is still deliberating over it."

"There is no truth in what has been running," he added.

After interviewing five candidates for the job, which fell vacant after Anil Kumble's acrimonious exit, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had decided to keep the decision on hold yesterday.

Shastri, who had a successful stint as Team Director between 2014-2016, remains a front-runner for the job.

If he is chosen, Shastri's first assignment will be a Test series against Sri Lanka, beginning July 26.

 

The CAC had interviewed Shastri, Sehwag, Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput on July 9 but delayed the announcement on the chosen candidate, saying that the matter needs to be discussed with captain Virat Kohli.

CAC member Sourav Ganguly had today made it clear that Kohli's inputs will be sought before the final outcome.