NEW DELHI: Insisting that transparency will be ensured in selecting the Team India head coach, Board of Control for Cricket in India president Anurag Thakur has said that it shouldn’t be a matter of objection even if an efficient coach, who doesn’t understand Hindi, is appointed.
Speaking in an exclusive conversation with ETV News head Jagdeesh Chandra, Thakur stated that only a talented person will be made the head coach of India, and stressed that the selection will be made completely on the basis of competence.
Earlier this month, the sport’s governing body had laid down nine criteria in order to be eligible for the post with criterion No. 6 asking for the knowledge in ‘Hindi and other regional Indian languages’.
This specific clause is expected to leave the case of a foreign coach on a slightly weak wicket.
However, BCCI honorary secretary Ajay Shirke had played down this factor, saying that it was ‘not a compulsion but desirable’.
Earlier in the day, Thakur told reporters in Dharamsala that an announcement on India's head coach will likely be made by Thursday evening.
He said that the decision will be made after studying the report by the three-member cricket advisory committee comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.
Last week, the BCCI had shortlisted 21 candidates out of 57 applicants for the post after they met the primary criteria specified by the sport’s governing body.
Former India captain Anil Kumble and former team director Ravi Shastri were among the most high-profile candidates who were interviewed on Tuesday.