CAC emails shortlisted candidates to appear for interviews

Out to appoint India's next coach, the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee has already emailed six candidates for their interviews on Monday.

Lalchand Rajput is likely to attend the interview from Skype from the U.K.   -  V. Ganesan

Officially, there are still a few hours left for the deadline to get over, but the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has already started reaching out to the shortlisted candidates for Monday’s interview. Out to appoint India's next coach, the three-member CAC - comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman - has already emailed six candidates, asking them to appear for an interview.

It is learnt that Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Phil Simmons and Lalchand Rajput have been informed about the interview; the rest of the four applicants are yet to hear anything from the Board. While Shastri and Sehwag are likely to attend the interview in person, Simmons, Pybus and Rajput will be interacting with the members of CAC via video conferencing.

Sportstar was first to report that the number of video interviews would increase this time around. And going by the trend on Sunday, that's how it looks like. However, the BCCI remained tight-lipped about the development.

Last year, the erstwhile team director, Ravi Shastri, had given the interview via Skype, which eventually free talk from CAC member Ganguly. But this time, with hardly any time left, things have changed. "They (BCCI) have mailed me this morning asking to appear for the interview," Lalchand Rajput confirmed to Sportstar from London. The former Mumbai captain, who is currently the coach of Afghanistan, is in England for his side's match against the MCC XI. Unable to attend the interview in person, Rajput will be appearing for the meeting via Skype.

‘Only way out’

It's a similar story for an overseas candidate too. With the Board informing him a day before the interview, he will have to appear for the interview via video conferencing. "It is impossible to reach India at a short time. So, video interview is the only way out," he said.

While Shastri looks set to take charge as the chief coach, a section of the Board officials want Sehwag as the successor for Anil Kumble. That could spice up the interview at the fag end.

That's not all. With decent coaching credentials, even Moody might pip Shastri as a surprise candidate. Those familiar with such interview processes know there could never be a dull moment. It's not over, until it's over!