Sourav Ganguly likely to be the new coach for Team India

Your memory may faintly remind you of having read a similar message mentioning Sachin Tendulkar as the new coach, however, that was only an April Fool’s day prank. The fact is Sourav Ganguly is likely to be the new coach for Team India replacing Duncan Fletcher.

An insider from Cricket Association of Bengal has revealed that the former Indian captain has put in an ‘informal word’ to the new BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya about his interest to coach Team India and replace Fletcher whose tenure ended after the world cup. He is one of the front-runners for the job.

BCCI’s Working Committee will meet on April 26 to discuss on the appointment of new coach. Dalmiya will speak to the members and also seek their opinion about the appointment of new coach.

Many believe an Indian should be considered to coach the team. Since 2000 to date, four foreigners have been at the helm – John Wright (New Zealand), Greg Chappell (Australia), Gary Kirsten (South Africa) and Fletcher (Zimbabwe).

Sourav Ganguly

Candidates interested in the job need to apply, after which they will make a presentation and be interviewed by BCCI officials and former India captains.

But the board, according to the source, is open to various possibilities, including a review of the Team Director’s post currently held by Ravi Shastri. The continuation or axing of the position depends on the coach BCCI hires. If it’s a high-profile coach, the board may discontinue with the post, while in case of a low-profile coach like Sanjay Bangar, the team set-up may continue with a Team Director in place.

A section of the cricket board wants Dravid to put himself in the race.

“Dravid is a hugely respected figure and is doing a great job as Rajasthan Royals mentor and coach. We want someone to take this young team forward. Dravid would be a top candidate, but like Ganguly, he, too, has to apply for the job if he’s interested,” said a source.

Sharanya Bharathwaj