Twenty-five candidates have been shortlisted for the post of the administrative manager of the Indian cricket team. India’s national selection committee comprising MSK Prasad, Jatin Paranjpe, Gagan Khoda and Sarandeep Singh will conduct the interviews at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday.
India’s incumbent administrative manager, Sunil Subramaniam, will appear for the interview via Skype from West Indies.
Subramaniam — who is on a 45-day extension — had found himself in the middle of a controversy last week for allegedly misbehaving with officials of the Indian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago. He was initially asked to return from the ongoing tour, but after offering unconditional apology to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief, Vinod Rai, he was allowed to stay back.
The selection committee is likely to take inputs from BCCI CEO Rahul Johri while interviewing the candidates.
On Wednesday, the panel interviewed 28 candidates — 16 for the role of Physiotherapist and 12 for the role of Strength and Conditioning coach.
Former India trainer Ranadeep Moitra and Mumbai-based orthopaedic surgeon Dinshaw Pardiwala — who has previously worked with stars such as Vinesh Phogat, Yogeshwar Dutt, P.V. Sindhu and P. Kashyap — were invited to help out the panel.
“The BCCI had invited me and it was a great experience to help out the selectors,” Moitra told Sportstar .
Though the four-day interview process, which began on Monday, will conclude on Thursday, the names of the support staff will only be announced after a few days.
“The panel will have to send its recommendations to the BCCI CEO, who will forward it to the CoA. After that, the formalities will be completed before announcing the name of the chosen candidates,” one of the BCCI officials said.
He also indicated that once the final candidates are shortlisted, efforts will be taken to ensure none of the candidates come under the Conflict of Interest ambit. “It will still take some time to complete the entire process. A lot of areas need to be addressed,” the official said.
Over the last three days, the panel has interviewed 14 candidates for batting coach role, while 12 appeared for the position of bowling coach. A total of nine candidates — including Jonty Rhodes, Abhay Sharma, R. Sridhar and Julien Fountain — appeared for the fielding coach’s job.