Former India opener Virender Sehwag recently said Anil Kumble should be India’s chairman of the selection committee. To take this forward, former India captain Sourav Ganguly also agreed with the idea. Even, he said both Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag could work together in the selection committee.
“If Anil Kumble becomes a selector, what else could be better than that? He brings honesty, experience and has been such a huge cricketer for India. Even Sehwag would make a good selector. He has courage and vision. He played his cricket in a way which contributed to wins. His analysis and reaction in big matches was second to none. So he will definitely do a good job. Both Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag can be selectors for India,” Sourav Ganguly said in an interview with India Today.
“Definitely, selectors should get good money. Because selector’s is one of the most crucial positions in cricket. And the coach works with the team that selector picks. Coach has his inputs but the final decisions are made by the selectors,” Ganguly further added.
For payment scene, at this moment, chief selector MSK Prasad is paid Rs 1 crore per annum while the selectors get Rs 80 Lakh. On the other hand, Indian coach gets Rs 8 crore per annum.
On the coaching front, Sourav Ganguly didn’t rule out the idea of him joining the team with Virat Kohli and take it forward.
“Two years is some time away. But I have said in the past as well, I am interested in being India coach someday. It will feel great to work with Virat Kohli because he is a match-winner. He is a champion cricketer,” Ganguly shared.
“If I can contribute and help the team win big tournaments and Test series in England, South Africa and the current Australian side with Steve Smith and David Warner that would be the endeavour. If the team can achieve that, it will be the USP of this side,” Ganguly expressed. “But two years is a long way away and let’s hope during this period as well, India continues to win the big tournaments they play in Australia and India and find success.”
Ganguly was one of the successful captains who were able to instill the idea that they could win away matches as well. And, it is expected that he will be a successful coach too if given an opportunity as a coach in the future.