Decision on hold, to be announced after consultation with Kohli: Sourav Ganguly

Posted July 11, 2017

The Indian team, especially skipper Virat Kohli, has been at the centre of a controversy after Anil Kumble resigned as coach following a humiliating 180-run loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on June 18.

Klusener has also applied for the post with some experience of coaching provincial sides in domestic leagues in South Africa.

"You got to give credit to Virat that he is just completely straight about it. We need a few more days and need to talk to captain Virat Kohli before picking the new coach", said Ganguly.

Throughout the press conference, Ganguly stressed how important it was for everyone to be on the same page in the best interests of Indian cricket, and how crucial the captain's role was.

"The process is done". We need a few more days to consult the captain before making the announcement. We were also told that the CAC and Kohli were on the "same page" when Kumble was chosen ahead of Shastri past year.

With the next coach set to hold the post till at least the 2019 World Cup, a well-thought out decision has to be made, for which the committee has rightly chose to take some more time and discuss with captain Kohli. Or do they want to buy some more leeway for the incoming coach from Kohli than perhaps Kumble enjoyed?

The CAC, which also includes Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, had interviewed Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag and Ravi Shastri - Phil Simmons wasn't available - for the job. "No he didn't send or suggest any names", Ganguly responded. I wouldn't say right call because nobody knows what the right call is.

"We want to make sure that everybody is in synchronisation. We will explain to him that the coaches want to function in a certain way".

Sourav Ganguly said,"We are in no hurry to select a coach for the Indian team".

The new coach's first assignment was to be the tour of Sri Lanka, starting on July 19, but it remains unclear whether the appointment will be made before the Indian team leaves for Sri Lanka. However, it was due to the bitter relationship between him and captain Kohli that Kumble chose to step down.