Former India coach and member of BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee Anshuman Gaekwad has said the CAC will approach the new head coach selection process with an open mind. Gaekwad added that the 3-member committee headed by Kapil Dev won’t be bothered by captain Virat kohli’s comments.
Anshuman Gaekwad’s comments come after India captain Virat Kohli said that the team would be happy if Ravi Shastri continues as head coach.
“The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted,” Kohli had said before Team India left to the US for their tour of West Indies.
Shastri’s and the India support staff were handed a 45-day contract extension following ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
BCCI appointed a 3-member Cricket Advisory Committee to conduct interviews for the post of head coach and other support staff for the Indian cricket team. Incumbent Ravi Shastri and his support staff have been given an automatic entry to the selection process.
Stressing that the CAC is waiting for guidelines from the BCCI, Gaekwad said the captain’s comments are for BCCI to take note of and they will have no impact on the committee’s approach to the selection process.
“The captain can say anything. It doesn’t bother us. We are a committee. That’s his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us,” Anshuman Gaekwad told the IANS.
“It all depends on BCCI. BCCI has to give us guidelines and then we will go accordingly. He has already said yesterday (what he wants). When we chose the women’s coach, we did not contact anybody. We did it on our own,” he added.
“We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things.”
While Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh have applied for the head coach role, former Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody and former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson are expected to apply.
Anshuman Gaekwad said that the 3-member CAC will look at three parameters, including planning, man management and technical expertise while assessing the applicants.
“Basically, what is important is…I have been a coach. Kapil has been a coach. What is important is man management, planning, and technical expertise,” Gaekwad said.
“These three things are most important for a coach to succeed. The Indian team is doing well. But to get them to do better, these are the three things. There are a lot of things. But these are the main things.”
However, the hiring procedure for the new coach of Indian cricket team may get delayed CAC has not yet given the undertaking of conflict of interest, news agency ANI has reported.