Surprised CoA wants India coach today, what’s the hurry? Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgCricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly was surprised that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) wants Team India coach to be finalised today.India Today revealed how in a dramatic twist since last night, the CoA asked the BCCI to close the coach selection process today. Sources confirmed to India Today that the coach should be confirmed by this evening.COA chief Vinod Rai, who is in Singapore, spoke to the BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri.The CAC had interviewed five candidates on Monday but Ganguly had told the media that the announcement would be deferred as the advisory committee wanted to speak to skipper Virat Kohli once he returned from America.However, Rai has now insisted that the process be completed today. Ganguly, meanwhile, told India Today, his committee would speak to Kohli if they are asked to but did not see why there was a hurry to finalise the coach.”The CoA was party to this decision (to defer the announcement). Need to speak with them to figure out what has changed. I don’t know what’s the hurry when there’s time.”Ganguly said he did not want to speak to Kohli immediately because he has played so much cricket over the last year and was now currently in the middle of a well-deserved holiday.”We will have a conference call this afternoon. We will speak with the CoA,” Ganguly told India Today. “Virat is available to speak. If they want us to speak we will.”advertisementGanguly stuck with his stance that the captain needed to be consulted as his was the most important job in the whole set-up.  “I expected to be consulted as captain,” he said.ALSO WATCH: SO SORRY — COACH KI KHOJGanguly said he was saddened that the whole episode was being made into a battle between him and Ravi Shastri, who continues to remain the frontrunner for the coach. Virender Sehwag is the other hot contender.Last year, Shastri and Ganguly were involved in a war of words after the former was overlooked as the CAC selected Anil Kumble for the high-profile role.”Sad it’s being made as Sourav vs Ravi. I need to address that. I will speak to COA.”Ganguly also said the perception he did not want Shastri as coach was entirely wrong: “If that’s the case, no point doing it. There are others in the committee.”last_img

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