India cricket coach to be named by Thursday evening: Anurag Thakur

President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India

The hunt for the new Indian cricket team’s coach seems to be ending sooner than expected. BCCI president Anurag Thakur confirmed that declaration of the new head coach will be made by Thursday evening, according to Report.

“Announcement on Indian cricket team’s head coach will be made by this evening,” Thakur, currently in Dharamsala for the BCCI’s first annual cricket conclave, said.

The cricket advisory committee (CAC), comprising former star batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, and headed by Sanjay Jagdale was the one given the responsibility to appoint India’s next coach. Former India spinner Anil Kumble has emerged as the leading candidate to take over the post as TOI earlier reported that a powerful member of the BCCI has backed Kumble to be picked ahead of his immediate competitor Ravi Shastri for the job of head coach.

India has been without a coach since the end of ICC World Twenty20 when the contract of Team Director and coach Shastri ended. Sanjay Bangar was appointed as the stand-in coach for the tour of Zimbabwe. The BCCI put out advertisements for the new coach on June 1, which invited an overwhelming 57 applications.