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BCCI Extends Timeline for Fresh Applications for Vacant Coach Job

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 23, 2017, 9:29 PM IST
BCCI Extends Timeline for Fresh Applications for Vacant Coach Job

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New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India has officially extended the timeline for submission of applications for the post of the head coach of the Indian cricket team, the BCCI said in a statement released on Friday evening.

"The candidates who have applied earlier need not reapply and will be included in the final list of applicants. The last date for submission of applications is hence extended to the 9th of July, 2017," said BCCI in a statement.

Five candidates had applied for the job - former India opener Virender Sehwag, Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus and former India pacer Doda Ganesh. These names were short-listed to be interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

The race was supposed to be between these candidates but after Kumble declined to take a two-week extension and ruled himself out of the running, the BCCI has decided to call for more applications.

Earlier, speaking exclusively to Cricketnext, Lalchand Rajput — one of the candidates for the job — lashed out at BCCI for being unprofessional.

Also Read: Humiliating To See BCCI Invite Fresh Application For Team India Coach: Lalchand Rajput

"It is humiliating for sure. To have submitted the resume, to have been short-listed and to be now told that fresh applications will also be accepted is highly unprofessional on the part of the BCCI. It does show that the board never had faith in the other five candidates apart from Kumble and once he stepped down, they need new names to pick from," he said.

Another Team India coach hopeful Tom Moody declined to comment on the matter.

Former Team India director Ravi Shastri has also been linked with the the top job with sources informing Cricketnext that the BCCI had approached Shastri on the insistence of captain Virat Kohli. Shastri has in fact asked for a guarantee that he will get the job and only after that would he meet the Cricket Advisory Committee.

First Published: June 23, 2017, 9:01 PM IST

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