There seems to be no end to the suspense over the Indian cricket team's next coach. To make the selection of coaches as open as possible, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday announced releasing an advertisement to invite applications for the head coach and assistant coaches wherein "by June 10 anyone who is willing to take up the post of coach, can apply to the BCCI. The candidate will be finalised after that," said BCCI president Anurag Thakur.
Thakur was mum on whether the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) formed last year, still exists or disbanded. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, who was one of the members on the CAC with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, said the appointment of coaches will take another couple of months. "It will happen in the next couple of months. I am not too sure if it happens before the Zimbabwe tour because it is not too far away," said Ganguly after attending the BCCI's Special General Meeting and Working Committee meeting as president of Cricket Association of Bengal.
Although the contracts of Ravi Shastri (Team Director), Sanjay Bangar (batting coach), R Sridhar (fielding) and Bharat Arun (bowling) expired after the World T20 in March, it is quite possible that barring Shastri, the rest of the coaching may be asked to continue for the short tour of Zimbabwe from June 11 to 22.
It is learnt, that Thakur is keen to see a change in the coaching staff as he indicated to the Board members in the Working Committee meeting yesterday. Also, the new contracts of coaches would be for only 10 months in a year, as they would then head to their respective Indian Premier League teams for the remaining two months. Thakur said the BCCI is looking for coaching staff till the 2019 World Cup, hence the delay in their appointments.
"Currently our team is No 2 in Tests and T20, and No 4 in ODIs and women's cricket. We will take every step possible to make Team India No 1 in all forms of cricket. If you have to go for the best, you can't go with limited choices. So we are keeping things open," said Thakur.