Mumbai: The working committee of the India cricket board is to meet in Dharamshala on 24 June to take stock of matters, including appointment of the national team’s head coach.
Although peopel familiar with the matter in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said “it’s the normal agenda” (about ratification of decisions taken by various sub-committees), the panel is expected to decide on the new coach less than a fortnight before the Indian squad leaves for the West Indies. BCCI has invited applications for the head coach’s post through its website and has received 57 applications, including those of former India captain Anil Kumble, former team director Ravi Shastri and current selection panel chairman Sandeep Patil. The applications will be examined and a short-list will be prepared. The position was previously held by Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher till India’s tour of England in 2014.
Apart from choosing the head coach, the working committee also has to ratify the decisions taken by the board’s technical committee, including deciding on neutral venues for the upcoming Ranji Trophy season. This decision has been met with some opposition and with the Ranji Trophy coaches and captains’ conclave to be held a day earlier at the same place, the working committee will have the benefit of getting the details of those meetings.
Also this is, by all accounts, expected to be the last meeting of the working committee before the Supreme Court gives its verdict on the Justice Lodha Committee’s recommendations for sweeping reforms in the BCCI. As such there could be debate and discussion on this issue too at the 24 June meeting.