Officials of the BCCI [Board Of Control For Cricket In India] have asked former legendary cricketer Virender Sehwag to apply for the post of India coach, making him a dormant challenger to the Head Coach Anil Kumble, who is expected to push for the restoration of his one-year contract that expires later this month. It is learnt that the veteran cricketer was contacted by one of the general managers of the Indian board on the sidelines of an Indian Premier League game, and asked to apply for the job of coach.
The former leg-spinner has of late been at the forefront of pay agreement with BCCI members and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), and has asked for a sharp increment for cricketers and members of the support staff. During his one-year duty, Virat and company have won five straight Test series, and risen to the No. 1 position in Tests. Although his 100 per cent record, the Indian board last week invited applications for the coach’s job, triggering talk that the reasons the former RCB spinner [Kumble] was asked to apply for the job again were not merely cricketing.
“We have contacted Sehwag during the IPL and asked him to consider applying for the job of India coach. But he won’t be the only one applying because we expect other former players to also thrown their hats in the ring,” a top BCCI authoritative said.
However, the former Indian opener told The Sunday Express that he had not been contacted yet with concern to applying for the India coach’s job. It is also learnt that a few Indian cricketers have expressed reservations over Anil Kumble’s continuation as coach. The dressing room’s grief with the coach has been conveyed to the CoA, but the reasons for the breach have not been put on paper. Kumble is at present with the Indian squad in England for the ICC Champions Trophy, where the Men In Blue open the defence of their title with a match against Pakistan on June 4.
“The board wants to go through the process of selection of coach again. Also, the next contract is likely to run until the 2019 World Cup, so even the length of the contract has to be taken into consideration before appointing the coach. We don’t want a scenario where the players and the coach are not on the same page,” said a BCCI abettor.