Shastri, Sehwag, Moody to be interviewed by CAC


This may well be the case of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) turning interview-shy.

The hunt for the new coach of the Indian cricket team is in full swing with the BCCI-appointed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman set to interview six out of the ten candidates who have applied for the post.

List of applicants for the position of head coach (men's cricket team) will be further pruned for the interviews on Monday (July 10).

Then reports emerged on the eve of big day that the BCCI is unlikely to go for the traditional interview process, in the hope to avoid last year's unfortunate incident which saw Ganguly himself involving in an ugly public spat with one of the contenders and former Team Director Ravi Shastri. It is also learnt that discarding the process has been a topic of discussion within the board members lately.

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Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Craig McDermott, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma, Lalchand Rajput, Phil Simmons, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh and Richard Pybus are the candidates who have been shortlisted.

According to PTI, the interview with those six candidates was slated to happen on Sunday, but a source told the Times of India that the applicants who had been ready with their presentations had not heard from BCCI till Saturday evening.

Shastri would appear to be the front-runner, given that he had already enjoyed an 18-month stint as the director from August 2014 to March 2016, and was widely expected to take over as head coach past year until Kumble entered the fray.

India are presently in West Indies without a head coach, for a short limited-overs' series involving five ODIs and a lone T20I matches.