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Sourav Ganguly may replace Duncan Fletcher as India coach: report

According to an 'Indian Express' report, Ganguly has given an informal hint to Dalmiya, with sections of the BCCI also in favour of Dravid taking over from Fletcher.

Cricketnext Staff |August 16, 2015, 8:42 PM IST
Sourav Ganguly may replace Duncan Fletcher as India coach: report

Sourav Ganguly, the man under whose captaincy Indian cricket learned how to give it back as hard as you get, could soon be once again seeing calling the shots for Team India - this time as coach.

According to a report in The Indian Express, a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) insider has revealed that the former India captain has put in an informal word to the new BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya about his interest to replace Duncan Fletcher, whose tenure as India coach ended after the World Cup.

"Sourav's achievements as a cricketer and his tactical acumen present a strong case. But he has to apply for the job," the source told the newspaper. "They (Ganguly and Dalmiya) had a discussion but Dalmiya didn't give him any assurance," he said.

Candidates interested in the job need to apply, after which they will make a presentation and be interviewed by BCCI officials and former India captains. Dalmiya, however, isn't revealing his cards yet. "Wait for 10-odd days and you will get know," he told The Indian Express.

Interestingly, the CAB insider also revealed that some sections of the BCCI also want Rahul Dravid to join the race. "Dravid is a hugely respected figure and is doing a great job as Rajasthan Royals mentor/coach. We want someone to take this young team forward...Dravid would be a top candidate, but like Ganguly, he, too, has to apply for the job if he's interested," he said.

But the board, according to the source, is open to various possibilities, including a review of the Team Director's post currently held by Ravi Shastri. The continuation or axing of the position depends on the coach BCCI hires. If it's a high-profile coach, the board may discontinue with the post, while in case of a low-profile coach like Sanjay Bangar, the team set-up may continue with a Team Director in place.

Apart from that, the source also revealed to the newspaper that the new coach will be given a clear mandate of 'start winning abroad.'

"We couldn't beat Australia in a single game in four months and you're saying the team is doing fine," a top official told The Indian Express. "We need a performance overhaul. Test cricket is hugely important. We would like to see what the new coach brings to the table in terms of improving our performance on the road. India rule world cricket and we can't let the world mock us as poor travellers.

"We will take a decision in a fortnight," he added.

The BCCI Working Committee is expected to discuss the above options at its next meeting on April 26.

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