Shastri, Sehwag Top Contenders For Indian Team's Coaching Job

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"She (Edulji) expressed the view that after Anil Kumble had stepped down, the CAC should have chosen a Head Coach from amongst the existing applicants", the COA minutes of the meeting, held on June 24, confirmed.

Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody were the candidates who were interviewed on Monday by the three-member CAC which includes former India captain Sourav Ganguly, former India batsman V.V.S. Laxman and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar - who took part in the proceedings via skype as he is now in London.

Given his cordial equation with captain Virat Kohli, Shastri, who had a successful tenure as team director with India reaching the 2015 World Cup semi-final, is the favourite. It is waiting for the captain to return to the country from the Caribbean, presumably to speak to him in person, while one of its own members attends meetings electronically.

Committee members Ganguly and Laxman were present at the BCCI Cricket Centre in Mumbai for the interviews, while Sachin Tendulkar, the third member, was available for the process via a video call from the United Kingdom.

Asked about the inputs taken from Kohli in the meetings during the Champions Trophy, Ganguly said, "That was on a different aspect".

The Cricket Advisory Committee is expected to meet Virat Kohli regarding the next Indian coach once the Indian skipper is back from America.

Ganguly hinted that the coach will be picked before the Sri Lanka tour that begins with the first Test on July 26.

"Virat needs to understand how the coaches also operate".

"We can't only look at Sri Lanka though it's a long tour", said Ganguly. BCCI had received 10 applications for the coach role, out of which six candidates have been shortlisted. At the same time, you have to give credit to Kohli that he has stayed out of the coach selection process.

"We want to make sure that everybody is in synchronisation. We are just a small bit; the main bit is the players who are going to play with the coach". "We need a few more days".

"I am especially surprised and happy when we heard about how they want to go about the job".

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