The names of 7 candidates who were interviewed were revealed by Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday. The names include Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri, Pravin Amre, Lalchand Rajput, Tom Moody, Stuart Law and Andy Moles.
The 3-member advisory panel of Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar had interviewed all seven of the candidates. Sourav Ganguly said while talking to the press that they have sent one final name to the BCCI, which would announce the name on June 24.
Among the 7 candidates, Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri are the front-runners to get the job. While Kumble has served as the Chairman of Karnataka Cricket Association for 3 years, Shastri was Indias interim coach in 2007 for a brief period. He was Indias team director for 18 months and had a successful stint during this period.
The most surprising candidate in the list is former England first-class cricketer Andy Moles. He might be the least known name in the least but he certainly is not the least experienced. Moles has not played any international cricket but has sufficient experience as an international coach. He has previously coached sides like Hong Kong, Kenya, Afghanistan, Scotland and New Zealand in his 15 year coaching career.
Australians Tom Moody and Stuart Law were also interviewed for the job. Tom Moody comes with a vast coaching experience. He had led Sri Lanka to the final of the ODI World Cup in 2007 and most recently Sunrisers Hyderabad to the title victory in 2016. Stuart Law, who played just one Test and 54 ODIs for Australia, was Bangladeshs coach for one-year period in 2011-12.
Pravin Amre and Lalchand Rajput are the other two Indians in the list. Amres most successful campaign as a coach was Indian cricket teams victory in 2012 U19 World Cup in Australia. On the other hand, Lalchand Rajput was the manager of the Indian team when they lifted the inaugural WT20 trophy in 2007.
By looking at the candidates CV, one has to say that Ganguly, Laxman and Tendulakr must have had a tough time to select the one right person for the job. Now, that the decision has been finally made, let us see who cracks the nut.