Finally, the uncertainty of who will be the head coach of the Indian team has come to an end. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the trio, former Indian captain Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy were appointed to pick the new head coach for Team India.
The CAC has stated clearly that they are looking only for the Indian applicants and not for the foreigner. They said that with the team doing well under Shastri, it is certain that he will be retained as the coach for the Indian team.
“We are not too keen to bring in a foreign coach. Yes, had someone of the stature of Gary Kirsten applied, we might have given it a thought. But even then, an Indian would have always been the priority. After all, the team has also done well under an Indian head coach, so why look for a change? As things stand now, Shastri does look to be the favorite to be handed a fresh contract,” – CAC member said.
The BCCI official says it will be unfair to change the coach when half of a team has been successful.
“Nothing permanent with a long term effect should happen at this stage of transition. Shastri and Kohli complement each other well and it would be unfair to change half of a team that has been successful. A change in coach may disturb the equation that exists and allows the players to have the mental space to excel.” – the BCCI official said.
“If a change is made at this stage, it would be a change of strategy and planning for the next 5 years. It would be unfair to take such a decision at a stage when the stakeholders are not the ones deciding,” the official added.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Monday said to the CAC to pick the next head coach of the Indian team. CoA chief Vindo Rai also made it clear that the final decision in the appointment process will be with the Kapil-led panel. In case of a split decision, chairman Kapil’s decision will be the final.
“See, firstly, it is a three-member panel, so a split decision is highly unlikely. But yes, if at all a situation does arise where A goes for one candidate, B for another and C for another, the vote of the chairman will come in and the decision will stand. But as of now, we don’t see something like that happening,” – the member said.