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Doors Can Be Opened for Ravi Shastri if Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly & VVS Laxman Request: BCCI COA

Baidurjo Bhose |Cricketnext | Updated: June 21, 2017, 11:17 AM IST
Doors Can Be Opened for Ravi Shastri if Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly & VVS Laxman Request: BCCI COA

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New Delhi: Anil Kumble’s resignation as Team India’s coach has once again opened the doors for former Team Director Ravi Shastri to re-unite with skipper Virat Kohli at the helm. It is no secret that Kohli wants Shastri as the chief coach and the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) has revealed that Shastri can still be eligible for the job if the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman wish to consider Shastri for the post.

Speaking to Cricketnext, a member of the COA said that while the current rules say that only those who have submitted their resumes are eligible for the post, the CAC can make a special request and also meet candidates from the outside. But then, the clause will have to be reworked approving the interview of outsiders who the CAC feels is suited for the job.

“The doors are open for Shastri if the CAC wants to interview him. As per the current rules, Shastri is not eligible because he has not submitted his resume. But the CAC has the authority to request the BCCI to allow the interview of candidates from the outside who they deem fit for the position. For that to happen, all the CAC will need to do is submit a special request. But all this can happen only if the CAC wants. If they are happy to interview just those who have applied, then obviously the door is closed for Shastri.

“It is not something new or unheard of. It happens not only in big corporates, but also in top government positions wherein people from the outside are also interviewed in certain cases. At the end of the day, it is for the CAC to decide what is best for Indian cricket and if they feel the man who can do the job is Shastri, then why not,” the official explained.

But the COA is also clear that skipper Kohli must ensure that a repeat of the present episode doesn’t happen.

“While the team is led by the skipper, Kohli must also be told that such a scenario doesn’t augur well for Indian cricket and should be avoided in the future. The CAC has already spoken to him in Kumble’s case and we are confident that he will be spoken to again so that a similar situation doesn’t arise in the future. It is a case of two brilliant individuals not being able to work together and the dynamics of the team going for a toss,” the official explained.

News came in soon after Team India landed in London for the Champions Trophy that Kohli had spoken to both Tendulkar and Laxman before leaving for England on 23rd May and had asked them to consider Shastri for the job. Former India Team Director Ravi Shastri though has not applied for the post after losing the race to Kumble last year.

Former India opener Virender Sehwag, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh have applied for the job. News also came in that former Australia pacer Craig McDermott had applied for the India coach’s job, but wasn’t eligible for the interview as his application came to the BCCI email id after the deadline. It will be interesting to see if the Australian too is given another opportunity.

First Published: June 21, 2017, 11:07 AM IST

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