Final Decision Maker Is CAC And Not Virat Kohli
The Indian cricket board's Cricket Advisory Committee had decided to put the announcement about the new Indian cricket team coach on hold as they wanted to consult team captain Virat Kohli and 'people who matter'. CAC member and former India captain Sourav Ganguly Allen Barbre Youth Jersey announced in Mumbai on Monday that the announcement had been kept on hold as the people who would take Indian cricket forward needed to be consulted. "(We) will take a few more days to decide," Ganguly told the press gathering. "We are not in a hurry." The CAC will certainly speak to Kohli before announcing the new chief coach but they will only explain the "rationale" behind their decision and not seek his opinion on the matter. The CAC on Monday interviewed five candidates -- Virender Sehwag, Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput-- for the job, which fell vacant after Anil Kumble's acrimonious departure. It is learnt that each interview went for about an hour and the candidates were asked a particular set of questions. "Let's get one thing straight. The final decision maker is the CAC and not Virat Kohli. When Sourav said that he will speak to Virat, he meant that once he is back from a break, he will be told what CAC feels about each candidate that they interviewed and why they are choosing a particular candidate," a senior BCCI official, privy to the development told PTI on Monday. Days before the interview process to decide India's new coach began, Ravi Shastri was dubbed as the front-runner. On Monday, after a 4 hour marathon session where the Cricket Advisory Committee interviewed 5 candidates for the post of coach, Virender Sehwag has emerged as the chosen one. Sources have told NDTV that the 3 wise men were impressed with Viru's vision for the Indian team for the next two years, till the 2019 World Cup- the proposed tenure for the new coach. Though the announcement has been deferred since the CAC wants to speak to India skipper Virat Kohli before making the appointment official, "but that doesn't mean the CAC is seeking Virat's approval", a source in the know of things tells NDTV. In fact, Sourav Ganguly saying in the press conference that, "Virat needs to understand how coaches operate", was a subtle hint from the former captain to the current captain that he cannot have it all his way as far as the new coach is concerned. Also, the fact that the CAC wants to brief Virat about the new coach and his plans for the team makes it clear that Ravi Shastri is out of the race; had Ravi been the CAC's choice they would have announced the coach on Monday itself, considering San Jose Sharks Womens Jersey Virat is well versed with Shastri and his working style. A couple of days before the CAC met the 5 candidates, Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators assured the CAC that their decision will be final when it comes to appointing the new coach. Although less experienced than the remaining 4 candidates as far as cricket coaching is concerned, Sehwag did impress in his debut stint as the head coach of Kings XI Punjab, almost taking a relatively weak team to the knock-outs. "Virat's opinion will not be sought. But as a captain, he needs to know the rationale behind the appointment. So he will be kept in the loop," the official said. The BCCI, of late, has received a lot of flak due to the perception that skipper Kohli is becoming too powerful where he will have a final say even regarding the choice of a coach. Captains over the years have had a say in coach selection but it has always been the Board which takes the final call in the matter. While the BCCI wants to ensure that India's 2019 World Cup preparation is not derailed, they would also not want to give absolute powers in the hands of the captain. It was learnt that three best presentations on the day were made by Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, and Ravi Shastri. "Some of the presentations were excellent. Pybus and Moody, in particular, were really well prepared with answers for tough questions. Ravi and Viru also gave elaborate answers on some of the tricky issues. There were two basic questions that every candidate was asked," the source informed. "The first was their vision going into 2019 World Cup in England and secondly the Men's Nike Limited Andre Hal Houston Texans Black Jersey: NFL 2016 Salute to Service #29 role of a coach compared to the captain. They were asked how would they handle delicate situations as and when it arises," he said. While Kumble's name was not taken, it was an obvious reference to the Kohli-Kumble issue and how such a prickly situation will be handled by the new man-in-charge. "Obviously, the coach-captain relationship is one aspect where all five candidates were grilled. The three CAC members all took turns to ask some tough but relevant questions to check their preparedness. What was impressive to find out was that everyone seemed keen to get the job which reflected in their performance," he said.


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