The search is finally over as to who will finally become the head coach of Team India. BCCI’s Cricket Advisory committee consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman and coordinator Sanjay Jagdale, interviewed legendary spinner and former skipper Anil Kumble and former team director Ravi Shastri, among others for the top job and forwarded their choice to the BCCI president Anurag Thakur.
The BCCI president Anurag Thakur made the announcement of the new head coach at a press conference at the BCCI conclave at Dharamsala. Thakur broke the suspense saying : ” BCCI has been very transparent in the process concerned and there is the cricket advisory committee, consisting Sachin Sourav, Laxman and after discussions with various stake holders Anil Kumble will head coach for one year.”
Anil Kumble’s first assignment will be an away one , the four Test match series in the West Indies. The support staff consisting of batting and bowling coaches will be named later. There was a buzz that Ravi Shastri would to be on Board and was tipped to be named as batting consultant.
Moreover, In the hunt for the coach head coach slot, Former India-A coach Pravin Amre and India manager Lalchand Rajput were also interviewed. Australians Tom Moody and Stuart Law and Englishman Andy Moles too made their cases to the panel through conference calls. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had shortlisted 21 of the 57 candidates who had applied for the top job.
Anil Kumble, legend of the game, is the highest India wicket-taker in both Tests and One Day Internationals, with 956 scalps. He also captained the team briefly with fair deal of success. And stood out as a statesman during the Monkey gate in Australia during the bitterly fought India – Australia Test series
On the other hand Ravi Shastri, represented the country in 80 Test matches and 150 ODIs during a long 11-year international career from 1981 to 1992, coached the Indian team for a brief period in 2007, and was more recently the team director for 18 months, guiding the national side to the semi finals of the 50-over World Cup last year and the ICC World T20 in March.
The post of a formal coach of the Indian cricket team fell vacant early last year, when Duncan Fletcher’s term ended.
The BCCI had received a total of 57 responses to its advertisement for the job, and 21 of them were shortlisted for the advisory committee to review. But the trio chose to interview just seven of them.