FORMER cricketer and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the post of India’s head coach is up for grabs. Speaking exclusively to India Ahead from his home in Kolkata’s Behala on Durga Ashtami, Ganguly said Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is open to both Indian and foreign names for the role of Indian cricket team’s coach. The applications for the job will open soon, he said.
On former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking on the role of Indian team’s mentor for the T20 World Cup, Ganguly said his role is one-off and will still continue playing. Dhoni will not continue as the mentor after the World T20, he said.
Dhoni was brought in as mentor by the BCCI last month when it announced the squad for the mega-event, scheduled to start October 17. On Tuesday, Ganguly had announced that Dhoni will not charge any fee for mentoring the Indian cricket team during this month’s T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.
Speaking about the bio-bubble in various countries amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the cricketer-turned commentator said the Indian players have not been complaining about it. This comes amid several cricketers around the world raising objections over the strict COVID restrictions in the host nations. The English team, which will be travelling to Australia for the Ashes series, had earlier voiced their reservations over the bio-bubble.
The final team for the T20 World Cup will be announced on October 15, said Ganguly as he added that selectors are yet to take a call on Hardik Pandya. Talking about Yuzvendra Chahal, the former cricketer said, “Chahal is not in the team. It must be hard on him.”
Ganguly further spoke about the postponed Test between India and England and said the BCCI is yet to meet the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over the match. The Manchester Test which was called off after members of Indian team, including head coach Ravi Shashtri, contracted COVID-19, is likley to be played next year in June or July, said Ganguly.
Speaking about Virat Kohli, the former cricketer said he will stay as the ODI captain of the team.