MUMBAI: Anil Kumble has been preferred over Ravi Shastri for the job of Indian head coach despite of his little experience of coaching.
The post was vacant after Shastri completed his 18-months long tenure as the team director expired. The BCCI received 57 application for the post and the committee for hiring the new coach was comprised of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.
The panel met the final candidates, Ravi Shastri was interviewed by the panel over Skype in absence of Ganguly, who had to attend a meeting of state cricket association.
Ravi Shastri took Ganguly in his firing range to express his frustration for not getting the job and said that his absence during his interview was disrespectful and he should be present at important meetings.
Ganguly responded Shastri’s comments by saying, “I just feel that the comments are very personal and if Ravi Shastri feels that I am responsible for him not being the coach of India, he’s living in a fool’s world.”
“It’s a committee and there are people in the committee who are of more reputable than I am and there are other people involved also who were consulted and spoken about. So that’s disappointing,” He added.
“Once I came here to this meeting, I got a message from (BCCI secretary) Mr (Ajay) Shirke that the other two members are requesting if they could continue with Ravi, which I was fine with. I said ‘fine, I know I have been stuck with this and you please go ahead and do it’. That happens everywhere in the world and that’s the exact story,” the former skipper said.
Ganguly blasted his former teammate for not being physically present for such an important interview, “Since he’s spoken about disrespect, and honestly I say this with anger, that he gave me a suggestion that in the future that I should be available for such meetings.”
He went on to say, “I have an advice for him also. When the coach of India is selected, and it’s one of the most important jobs in cricket, he should be in front of the committee giving his presentation and not sitting in Bangkok on holiday and make a presentation on camera, especially when someone, who is one of the greatest cricketers of India all time (Anil Kumble), spoke for two hours nearly.”