India coach selection: More video interviews this time around?

“With the interview set to be held a day after the final submission date, the CAC may have to finally interview most of the candidates through Skype or video conferencing,” a source said.

With another six days left for the deadline, it would be interesting to see how the CAC handpicks the candidates in such a short time.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

Last year when Ravi Shastri was interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for the position of India’s head coach, it was done via video conferencing. The erstwhile team director was holidaying in Thailand and couldn’t make it to Kolkata for the interview.

With Shastri eventually missing out on the job and taking jibes at CAC member Sourav Ganguly; the latter said that for a "high profile job" interview, Shastri should have been present in person. That had courted quite a controversy then.

This time, it looks like there'd be more Skype interviews when the CAC members meet on Monday to select India’s next coach.

While Ganguly has revealed that the committee will meet the candidates in Mumbai on July 10, the applicants claim that they haven't received a missive from the Board. With the last day of applying for the job slated for July 9, a source said that the committee may have to interview most of the candidates via Skype.

While the big names from India — Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Dodda Ganesh may come to Mumbai for the interview, Lalchand Rajput, who is the coach of Afghanistan team, will have to try his luck for the job through video conferencing. With Afghanistan set to play a match against MCC XI at the Lord’s on July 11, Rajput will be leaving Mumbai on July 5. If he is shortlisted for the interview, Rajput will have to face the CAC members through Skype.

It could be a similar story for the overseas candidates Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Craig McDermott (there is still no clarity whether his application has been rejected). It is reliably learnt that former West Indies international and Afghanistan’s consultant Phil Simmons has also applied for the coaching job.

The source also indicated that with still six days left, there could be a few more applications.

“Short-listing the candidates could be a long process if a few more applications come in. It is ultimately the CAC’s job to get the things in order,” he said.

The applicants, who haven't received a message from the Board, are not sure about the next step.

“All is quiet. We will only be in a position to discuss about the next step once we hear anything from the BCCI,” one of the major applicants told Sportstar.

The trouble could be more for the overseas candidates as they will need a quick visa to be ‘physically present’ for the interview. “That may take a bit of time. As of now, nothing can be said. Let’s see how things go,” another applicant said.

With another six days left for the deadline, it would be interesting to see how the CAC handpicks the candidates in such a short time.