The working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is to meet in Dharamsala on June 24 to take stock of matters, including appointment of the Indian team’s head coach.
Although BCCI sources said “it’s the normal agenda” the panel is expected to identify a new coach with the Indian team leaving for the West Indies in two weeks.
The Board has invited applications for the head coach’s post through its website and has received 57 applications, including those of former India captain Anil Kumble, former team director Ravi Shastri and current selection panel chairman Sandeep Patil.
The candidates will be shortlisted before BCCI names Duncan Fletcher’s successor. The team last had a coach in 2014. Ravi Shastri worked as the team director ever since.
Apart from the naming of the head coach, the working committee also has to ratify the decisions taken by the Board’s Technical Committee, including holding of Ranji Trophy games in the upcoming season at neutral venues.
A few from the cricketing circle are against this decision. With the Ranji Trophy coaches and captains conclave set to be held a day earlier at the same place, the working committee will have an idea of that as well.
Also, this is expected to be the last meeting of the working committee before the Supreme Court gives its verdict on the Justice Lodha Committee’s recommendations.
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