- TOI has learnt that all deliberations surrounding the appointment, so far, had been between Shastri, Sehwag and Moody
- Shastri had decided not to apply for the position this time after the way he was “treated” last year
- Shastri agreed to send across his CV to the CAC after Tendulkar convinced him to do so
MUMBAI: In keeping with their usual custom of making all administrative activities appear like state secrets, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) remained characteristically uncommunicative until Sunday evening on how they were planning to go ahead with the all-important Monday meeting to select the national coach of the Indian team.
Considered players’ choice, the cricketer-turned-commentator – who has been actively involved in the international cricketing circuit for close to two decades now, post retirement – had decided not to apply for the position this time after the way he was “treated” last year.
In the end, Shastri agreed to send across his CV to the CAC after one of its members – Sachin Tendulkar – convinced him to do so in the best interests of everybody involved. The second favourite will be the very experienced Tom Moody, who led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 ICC World Cup as a coach and helped Sunrisers Hyderabad win the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in 2016, and has himself been a two-time World Cup winner for Australia in the past. When Moody’s interview is held, one of the CAC members – VVS Laxman – will have to recuse himself from the process considering that the Australian and the Hyderabadi are colleagues at Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sehwag, who surprised the fraternity with his CV, considering that he had shown no particular interest in the past to coach an international side, will be the third man in the running. He would come into the picture if the CAC indeed fail to find Shastri or Moody (in that order) unsuitable for the role.
The others in the running are former Pakistan and West Indies coach Pybus, Afghanistan’s national coach Rajput – who was also associated with the 2007 World T20-winning Indian team, West Indian Simmons – whose application was the last among all the candidates to come in, and Ganesh – a former India medium-pacer.
That aside, skipper Virat Kohli and some other senior members of the squad have never shied from admitting that they would prefer Shastri at the helm of affairs.