On last Friday, the former batsman and captain of Indian Cricket team, Sourav Ganguly has expressed his aspiration for the high profile high responsibility position of Indian cricket team’s coach. He said, for sure he wants to be India’s cricket coach but not at this point of time as his plate is full now.
Ganguly said “Definitely, I’m interested but not at this point of time. Let one more phase go then I will throw my name into the fray.” Here worth pointing that the search for the new coach is going on in full swing with incumbent Ravi Shastri’s tenure coming to an end with the conclusion of West Indies tour.
The 47 years has got so many responsibilities on his shoulders. He is now busy in delivering to his multiple commitments that he has done. He is currently the Cricket Association of Bengal(CAB) president, has an association with IPL franchise Delhi Capitals as the team advisor, does commentary and is the host of a popular Bengali quiz show.
Multiple Commitments & Projects
Ganguly has also mentioned about all of the above and said, “Currently, I’m associated with too many things — IPL, CAB, TV commentary. Let me complete this. But I will put my hat at some stage. Provided I get selected. But definitely, I’m interested. Not now but in the future”. He is seen as one of the most successful Indian cricket captains and was also the chairman of the previous Cricket Advisory Committee(CAC) which had selected Shastri as the coach.
The current CAC who is going to appoint the new coach is getting lead by Kapil Dev with Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswami. In the current scenario as Ganguly has rightly said there were not many big names in the fray this time around. “Going by the applicants, I don’t see any heavyweight names. I heard Mahela (Jayawardene) would apply but ultimately he didn’t. There are not many big names who have applied for the coach’s job,” said Sourav Ganguly.
Adding to this he said, “ultimately I don’t know what the panel will decide. They have been around for a while. We will see how long the term the coach will give. Not many names have applied for.” Therefore, it seems that Shastri who has reapplied will again get the position and responsibilities. However, Sourav Ganguly has refused to give any statement on Ravi Shastri’s tenure. Sourav Ganguly has predicted that the upcoming series would be tough for India.
He said in a statement, “West Indies in West Indies will be a lot stronger. T20 is their preferred format. They enjoy playing T20s and they are the current World T20 champions. The two matches in Florida will be tough games. Test matches will also be tough as they played very well against England. It won’t be an easy West Indies tour as it was five years ago. India will be challenged. There are a lot of young players in the team.”
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