Sachin, Ganguly, Laxman to interview applicants for India team coach

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited applications for the national team coach’s post. The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI comprising former India stars Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman will interview the interested candidates and and assess their presentations.

The term of present India coach Anil Kumble will come to an end on June 18.

“The BCCI would like to call upon interested candidates to apply for the position of ‘Head Coach’ for Indian cricket team (Men),” BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in a statement on Thursday.

“The process has been initiated since the term of the current coach Anil Kumble concludes with the Champions Trophy. Present head coach Anil Kumble will be a direct entry for the process,” he said.

The entire process will be overseen by a nominee of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

“Interested candidates should send their applications by e-mail on or before the May 31,” the statement added.

Kumble succeeded Ravi Shastri as India team coach and guided the squad to a successful home season which included a total of 13 Tests against Austrlia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh.

According to media reports, however, Kumble has fallen foul of BCCI officials over several issues.

The former leg-spinner had spoken out in favour of India’s participation in the Champions Trophy although several BCCI officials were mulling a boycott of the tournament due to a dispute over revenue sharing with the International Cricket Committee (ICC).

Some BCCI officials also feel that Kumble is urging the players to demand a raise in their fees.

Kumble has reportedly demanded a hike of Rs 1 crore over his current annual contract of Rs 6.5 crore. Meanwhile, Grade A players want their annual retainership to be raised to Rs 5 crore from the current amount of Rs 2 crore.

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