“Virat Kohli has the right to voice his opinion”, says Sourav Ganguly

During the pre-departure media session, India captain Kohli had said the team would be glad if Ravi Shastri proceeds as the head coach.


Virat Kohli has the option to state who he needs as the head coach, feels former Indian Skipper Sourav Ganguly. "He is the skipper so, he has the right to say," Ganguly told journalists on the prize distribution ceremony for Zee Bangla Football League. In his pre-departure media interaction, India captain Kohli had said the team would be extremely cheerful if Ravi Shastri proceeds as the head mentor.


"The CAC hasn't reached me yet. If they want my opinion, I'll go and address them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie and will be extremely glad if he continues. But, I haven't been contacted till now," Kohli had said in Mumbai.


The recently framed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) co-part Anshuman Gaekwad said that they will go in with an open-minded approach when they sit down to meet the shortlisted applicants.

The CAC - including India's first World Cup-winning captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev, former batsman, and coach Gaekwad and former women's Skipper Shanta Rangaswamy - have been given with the activity of choosing another head coach.


The present training staff was given an extension till the tour through West Indies as their agreement terminated after the World Cup. India will play three Twenty20 internationals, three ODIs and two Tests in the USA and the Caribbean.


"We need to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. A lot of individuals from India and abroad have applied. We need to go there and survey things," Gaekwad said.


Inquired as to whether the panel would keep Kohli on the loop before picking the following mentor, Gaekwad said it was not required.


"The skipper can say anything. It doesn't trouble us. We are aboard. That is his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us.

"It all depends upon BCCI. BCCI needs to give us rule and afterward, we will go accordingly. He has just said yesterday (what he needs). When we picked the women's coach, we didn't contact anyone. We did it all alone," Gaekwad further said.


Gotten some information about Gaekwad's comments, Ganguly stated: "Each individual is different, so I can't comment."


Ganguly likewise would not comment on India and Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw being suspended by the BCCI for a doping infringement.


"I don't know what precisely is the truth. It won't be right for me to comment," he said.


by Lokendra Sharma | Thu, Aug 01 - 01:59 PM

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