An unnamed BCCI official has revealed the two questions that the five candidates contesting to be India’s next coach were asked during their interview by the CAC team. While one was their vision going into the 2019 World Cup in England, the other was the role of a coach compared to the captain.
After interviewing 5 out of the 6 candidates who had applied for the Indian coach’s post - namely Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus, and Tom Moody - however, the team has decided to postpone the announcement. It has also been learnt that each of the interviews, that went on for at least more than an hour each, consisted of two basic questions.
"There were two basic questions that every candidate was asked. The first was their vision going into 2019 World Cup in England and secondly the role of a coach compared to the captain. They were asked how would they handle delicate situations as and when it arises," a top BCCI official told PTI.
He further added, "Obviously, the coach-captain relationship is one aspect where all five candidates were grilled. The three CAC members all took turns to ask some tough but relevant questions to check their preparedness. What was impressive to find out was that everyone seemed keen to get the job which reflected in their performance."
Speaking on how the interviews had gone, the source said that the top three presentations for the day were given by Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, and Ravi Shastri. "Some of the presentations were excellent. Pybus and Moody, in particular, were really well prepared with answers for tough questions. Ravi and Viru also gave elaborate answers on some of the tricky issues," informed the source.
After the interviews for the day were concluded, Ganguly had said that the CAC will speak to Virat Kohli before naming the new coach. And while most people have seen this as a sign of Kohli dominating the process of naming the new coach, an unnamed BCCI official has confirmed that Kohli’s personal opinion will not have a say in the matter.
“Let’s get one thing straight. The final decision maker is the CAC and not Virat Kohli. When Sourav said that he will speak to Virat, he meant that once he is back from a break, he will be told what CAC feels about each candidate that they interviewed and why they are choosing a particular candidate,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development told PTI.
“Virat’s opinion will not be sought. But as a captain, he needs to know the rationale behind the appointment. So he will be kept in the loop,” the official said.