BCCI asks Virender Sehwag to apply for Team India's head coach role

Faith Castro
May 29, 2017

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would like to call upon interested candidates to apply for the position of "Head Coach" for Indian Cricket Team (Men)". The board has already asked for applications to decide on the new coach and as per the report, a general manager of BCCI contacted Sehwag during the IPL. "But he won't be the only one applying because we expect other former players to also thrown their hats in the ring", a top BCCI was quoted as saying by Indian Express. According to the 42-year-old, the legendary India batsman's experience will come in handy, as well as the fact that he is now coaching India A, the country's Under-19 side and the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL). That is not the end of it, as some new surprises also emerged on Sunday with former India opener Virender Sehwag reportedly told to apply for India coach. The dressing room's unhappiness with the coach has been conveyed to the CoA, but the reasons for the rift have not been put on paper. Also, the next contract is likely to run until the 2019 World Cup, so even the length of the contract has to be taken into consideration before appointing the coach.

Another bone of contention is the reports that Kumble had allegedly demanded to be present at all selection committee meetings along with the skipper so that he could analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the players being discussed and to see how well in tandem the thought process is with the selection committee and the team management. The entire situation has been handled extremely poorly and is being done at the wrong time with India getting ready to defend their Champions Trophy title.

BCCI have invited applications but it would be a surprise if the former leg-spinner does not get an extension from the board's Cricket Advisory Committee comprising his former team mates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

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"This is to ensure that the process remains fair".

Kumble, of course, may forcefully argue that the results under him - beginning with the Test series in the West Indies - have been excellent, but others could counter that the players have performed not the head coach.

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