Former India opener Virender Sehwag, now a commentator and cricket analyst, on Thursday has become so far the most prominent name to apply for the post of Indian cricket team’s head coach, which would be technically vacant when Anil Kumble‘s term comes to an end after the Champions Trophy.
While Kumble is an automatic entry into the process, the names of Australian Tom Moody and Englishman Richard Pybus are also floating around in the air. There are two Indians among the primary applicants as well. They are former fast bowler Dodda Ganesh and former India A coach Lalchand Rajput.
Now the entry of Sehwag, a very popular face in Indian cricket despite making his retirement from the game a couple of years ago, makes the battle for the position very interesting. Though Sehwag doesn’t have any prior coaching experience under his belt apart from mentoring IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, but it was the BCCI top brass that convinced him to apply for the post.
“We have contacted Sehwag during the IPL and asked him to consider applying for the job of India coach. However, he will not be the only one applying because we expect other former players to also thrown their hats in the ring,” a BCCI official said earlier.
“The board wants to go through the process of selection of coach again. In addition, the next contract is likely to run until the 2019 World Cup, so even the length of the contract has to be taken into consideration before appointing the coach. We don’t want a scenario where the players and the coach are not on the same page,” he added.