The selection process of the next India head coach as the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy will be interviewing the shortlisted candidates only post Independence Day – August 15.
It was initially said that the interviews will be taking place on August 13 and 14. Taking about the same, one of the sources of IANS said, there are only around half a dozen candidates who have been shortlisted for the process. He further added, “The meeting was initially set to take place on August 13 and 14, one day of interviews should be enough. Some paperwork still remains and that needs to be completed before the CAC can start the process of interviewing the eligible candidates. Don’t see the process happening before August 15.”
Asked if skipper Virat Kohli‘s opinion will be considered by the CAC, the source said that the captain would not be a part of the decision-making process as it has happened during the selection of the women’s coach.
The source added, “Don’t see a reason why the captain should be involved as there are guidelines given clearly as to who fits the bill and now it is for the three-member committee to decide on who is the candidate most suited to become the head coach. There is no role for either the captain or the CoA. They will obviously give something like a top three to the BCCI as per their preference and after that, it is for the BCCI to approach the person on the top of the list. If that person has all the criteria boxes ticked, he comes in. If not, then the person who is second on the list will be approached.”
Interestingly, skipper Kohli has already made his opinion known when he addressed the media before the Windies series.
While the CAC is expected to appoint the head coach, the support staff will be chosen by the Indian selectors. It is strongly believed that while bowling coach Bharat Arun will continue in his role as he has done a brilliant job in recent times, Vikram Rathour or Pravin Amre could come in as the batting coach as current coach Sanjay Bangar’s position has been immensely criticized.