BCCI sitting tight on coach issue

BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke. File photo: Vivek Bendre

BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke. File photo: Vivek Bendre  

A day after the news broke that Anil Kumble joined the race for India’s head coach’s post, the Board of Control for Cricket in India remained non-committal on whether his application will be considered for the post.

“(It) will be decided by adjudicators if lack of one experience is ok and if it can be compensated in any other way,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said here on Tuesday.

Despite leading India’s Test team during a tumultuous phase, Kumble does not fulfil the BCCI’s condition of having coached either an international or first class team.

However, India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs has mentored two Indian Premier League franchises — the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Meanwhile, the agenda for the BCCI’s working committee meeting to be held on June 24 specifies that there will be a discussion on the head coach of the Indian team.

However, three days after the deadline for submitting application has expired, the BCCI seems to be in no hurry to zero in on the successor to Ravi Shastri (his designation may have been team director but Shastri was heading the coaching staff for 18 months).

“There is no deadline as such, the process has to be completed and as soon as it is done, the final selections will be announced,” Shirke said here on Tuesday.

Pruning process

“The first step is to make a list of the eligible ones from the 57 and it will go for further scrutiny and then the most eligible candidates will go through a process of interviews, presentations, and then the best candidate will be finalised.”

When the BCCI last appointed a coach after interviewing candidates in public glare, in 2007, when Graham Ford was chosen before the South African backed out, it had roped in three former India captains — Sunil Gavaskar, Shatri and S. Venkatraghavan — to interview the shortlisted candidates.

This time around, however, the BCCI, according to Shirke, hasn’t even approached any former cricketer to help them identify the suitable candidate.

“No, nothing has been done so far,” Shirke said, when asked if the BCCI had sought the consent of a former India captain.

“When it is finalised, it will be announced.”

Pressed further about whether the BCCI will form a sub-committee to appoint a coach, he said, “No comment.”

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