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Appointment of India coach postponed

India will tour Sri Lanka without the head coach which starts on July 26.

The Cricket Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly said that they need more time to decide and will also speak with Indian captain Virat Kohli before appointing the new head coach.

However, Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai has urged CAC to select the India Head coach by Tuesday evening.*

The CAC interviewed 5 applicants viz. Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag and Ravi Shastri. Phil Simmons wasn’t available for the interview.

Ganguly said,





We feel there is no hurry at the moment, Sri Lanka tour is in a week's time. We want to speak to Virat Kohli once he is back from America, all three of us along with the respective people concerned. We will explain to him that the coaches want to function in a certain way and make sure that everybody is on the same page before we make the announcement because once we make the announcement it has to be till the [2019] World Cup.




Ganguly further added, “You got to give credit to Virat that he is just completely straight about it. He has no input, he has not sent any names, but we feel as the Advisory Committee that he is the captain, which is the most important thing in cricket.”

“He and everyone of us need to be on the same page because for us Indian cricket is more important. We are just a small bit; the main bit is the players who are going to play with the coach.”

India will play 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T20 against Sri Lanka.

*Updated at 15:30 pm IST

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