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No pressure on Kapil Dev-led panel to select next India coach: CoA member 

Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Lt General Ravi Thogde has said the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which has been handed the responsibility of conducting interviews for appointing the head coach of India cricket team, is an independent body and that it will be under no pressure during the selection process.

Ravi Thodge’s comments come days after CAC member Anshuman Gaekwad said the 3-member committee will approach the new head coach selection process with an open mind. The CAC is being led by Kapil Dev and it has features Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.

The CAC will interview 6 shortlisted candidates for the role of India cricket team’s head coach likely on August 16. Along with incumbent Ravi Shastri, the 6 candidates are former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, ex-Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, former West Indies all-rounder and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, ex-India team manager Lalchand Rajput, former India fielding coach Robin Singh.

Speaking after a CoA meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday, Ravi Thodge said the CAC will follow the process prescribed in the rulebooks of the BCCI.

“There is no pressure on anybody (with regard to coach selection). The CAC is an independent body which will select the coach. That is the normal process as per the Constitution,” he said.

Notably, India captain Virat Kohli, who has a good equation with Ravi Shastri, said the team would be happy if the former captain continues as the head coach. Notably, Shastri’s contract was extended by 45 days after the World Cup 2019 and he was given a direct entry into the selection process.

“The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted,” Kohli had said before Team India left to the US for their tour of West Indies.

Kapil Dev, who heads the CAC, had said that the committee will respect Virat Kohli’s opinion while Anushman Gaekwad said only the board has to take note of the captain’s views and not the 3-member committee.

“We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things,” Gaekwad had said.

Nonetheless, former captain Ganguly had said Virat Kohli, as the team’s captain, has the right to voice out his opinion.

Despite a lot of hype surrounding the selection process, India are likely to persist with Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the India cricket team as the CAC is reportedly not keen on bringing in a foreiegn coach.

Article source: https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/coa-no-pressure-kapil-dev-cac-india-cricket-coach-selection-interview-ravi-thogde-1580474-2019-08-13?utm_source=rss

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