The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri is all set to land in Jamaica to have a healthy conversation with Indian captain Virat Kohli and his team on the matter of appointing a new head coach for the National side.
Johri is said to be arrived in Jamaica by Wednesday evening for getting feedback through detailed discussion with Indian skipper Virat Kohli about the appointment of coach and other support stuff. “Yes, Rahul has left for Jamaica with permission of the Committee of Administrators (COA). He has been instructed with the task of getting feedback from the captain and the team. The team’s feedback will then be passed to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) to take all parameters into account,” a BCCI official privy to the development said.
With the progression of time the entire drive put forth by BCCI has started to be perceived by many as an attempt to gauge the mood of the team as they don’t want any discord over new appointee. A few days ago, Kohli had said that he will only air his view if the BCCI asks for it. “From a personal point of view, I can’t pinpoint anything or give details. We as a team, contrary to a lot of perceptions, only voice our opinions when asked by the BCCI for suggestions. So that is something we have always gone through as a process and that’s something we respect as a team,” Kohli had said during an interaction with media during the Antigua leg of the series.
Questions are also raised on the agenda of initiating this particular drive upfront. Many believe it to be a pre-planned procedure of showing the CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman in poor light. According to many this move is also served as an indicator to complete the formalities ahead of Ravi Shastri’s coaching endeavour placed in.
On a different note, along with all this conjecture another clearance has made its way to the vision as BCCI going contrary to our popular belief explained that the former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad hadn’t applied for the chief coach post. “Venkatesh Prasad’s CV is not there among those who have applied for the coach’s post. He is working as the chairman of selectors with the junior team. We don’t know who spread the news. Venky on his part never confirmed that he has applied for the job,” said the source.
The BCCI also indulges their standpoints on the issue of criteria for being a full-time manager of the Indian team. In accordance with COA, there has to be a former International and first class player as manager but the administrative job demands for a different skill set. “The manager needs to hand out daily allowances, check if the team bus has come on time, players are getting the meal they want. They also have to arrange for tickets for the family and perform a lot of other clerical stuff. How do you expect a former player even if he has played — say 75 Ranji matches to do these jobs,” questioned the official.