Mumbai, July 11: Suspense prevails over India's next coach as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) decidedto put the appointment on hold while sending a pointed message to skipper Virat Kohli to understand "how coaches operate".
However, Sourav Ganguly revealed something important today!
The former Indian skipper said, "He (Virat Kohli) will be consulted on coach selection."
While speaking on COA's directive to announce coach today, Ganguly said, "will speak to Vinod Rai as what was decided yesterday was with permission."
Speaking on behalf of the three-member CAC, Sourav Ganguly made it clear that the panel was not in a hurry and made it clear that Kohli will need to understand the nuances associated with professional coaching.
"Virat will need to understand how coaches operate. At the same time, you have to give credit to Virat that he hasstayed out of the coach selection process. We will have a detailed chat with him once he is back from the West Indies,"
Ganguly, flanked by committee member VVS Laxman and joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary, told mediapersons here.
Ganguly's message was an indicator that the CAC has taken a grave note of the situation after the infamous Kohli-Anil Kumble fallout leading to the latter's departure.
Five candidates --- namely Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput were interviewed with Sehwag being the only one physically present at the BCCI Headquarters.
Ganguly and Laxman were joined by Sachin Tendulkar via Skype and the former skipper said that the process iscomplete.
Ganguly informed that West Indian Phil Simmons did not make himself available for the interview.
However, the decision to withhold the appointment is a clear indication that Ravi Shastri is no longer a runawayfavourite for the top job as has been the popular perception.
Sehwag's interview went on for two hours.
"You will get to know soon," Sehwag told reporters while leaving Cricket Centre.