Sandeep Patil questions why Tendulkar, Ganguly, and Laxman choose India's head coach

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Sandeep Patil questions why Tendulkar, Ganguly, and Laxman choose India's head coach

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Sandeep Patil has criticised the procedure that allows Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman to select the Indian head coach citing their lack of experience in the field. Sandeep, however, said that the CAC made the right call adding that Shastri had deserved the job in 2016 as well.

Patil, who served as the chairman of selectors for the BCCI between September 2012 to September 2016, didn’t question the ability of the CAC members but opined they are not the right people for the job as the trio don’t have any coaching experience.

"I wouldn't even call it warped. I'd say it's all wrong," Patil told mid-day in an interview. "Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman are absolute legends as players and have done great things for the country, but none of them have coached a team. Do coaches pick umpires and vice-versa."

The 60-year-old, who represented India in 29 Tests and 45 ODIs, said that he was surprised by the delay in the announcement of the new coach, which the CAC claimed would be done only after a discussion with Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

"It's like passing the buck, and a bit like saying, 'Look we have identified the next coach and now it's up to you.' Is this all done to play safe because of the Lodha Panel recommendations?" the former India batsman said.

Patil, however, believes that Shastri should have secured the job when he applied for the same last year. Shastri was the director of the team from 2014 to 2016 and was one of the front-runners in last year’s coach selection but CAC handed the reigns of the team to Anil Kumble.

"Look, I'm not saying this because I did not get picked last year, but the fact is that Anil Kumble's entry was made at the last moment," he said.

"I have known Ravi for a very long time. He was my room partner during my playing days, he was chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) when I was NCA Director and criticised was Team Director when I was India's chief selector, but he's not exactly a coach. I remember Gautam Gambhir saying last year, 'Ask Ravi Shastri how many throw-downs he did in the last 18 months.' The Team Director post would have suited Ravi better." 

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