Fingers pointing towards BCCI's CoA in hunt for new Indian head coach

Posted May 29, 2017

Former India batsman Virender Sehwag has clarified that he has not been approached by any official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to apply for the post of the national team coach, contrary to a report in the Indian Express that states a top official had approached him regarding the same.

As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) prepares to meet the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to discuss the MoU signed between the two countries in 2014, Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday ruled out a bilateral cricket series between the two nations, asserting that cricket and terrorism can't go hand-in-hand. "Bilateral series in the current situation is not possible", the Sports Minister said on the BCCI-PCB meet in Dubai.

Amitabh Choudhary, the acting BCCI secretary, had said he communicated the same to PCB's chairman Shaharyar Khan.

It is very unfortunate that a legend of the game like Anil Kumble is having to go through such a horrific experience, especially at a time when all his focus needs to be devoted to the ICC Champions Trophy event in England. They played two T20Is and three ODIs in India. BCCI has already started the process to look for Team India's new coach and even invited applications for the same, as Kumble's contract will expire post Champions Trophy 2017. We demand that Indian cricket team plays a bilateral series against Pakistan, he added.

The source further revealed that if both the boards fails to reach the conclusion then the matter would be taken before ICC chief executive officer Dave Richardson, while adding that the failure of which as well could force the PCB to take the issue in front of the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee.

Pakistan did tour India for a short limited-over series in December 2012 but the traditional cricketing foes have not played a full bilateral series since 2007. However, if the PCB is still to remain adamant, the BCCI in no way will be paying them any compensation.