Gautam Gambhir Set for India’s Head Coach Role as the Only Applicant, CAC Interview Scheduled

Gautam Gambhir, the former India opener, is poised to become India’s next head coach as he stands as the sole applicant for the role, according to a report by The Indian Express. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had opened applications for the head coach position in early May 2024 after current head coach Rahul Dravid expressed his decision to step down following the T20 World Cup.

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Despite the lucrative nature of the job, few high-profile candidates showed interest, mainly due to the demanding travel schedule required for about ten months each year. The deadline for applications was May 27, and Gambhir emerged as the only candidate.

On Tuesday (June 18), Gambhir is set to be interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), consisting of Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjape, and Sulakshana Naik, via a Zoom call. Gambhir has been the BCCI‘s preferred choice, especially after his successful stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2024, where he played a crucial role in revitalizing the team and leading them to victory.

The CAC will submit their recommendations to the BCCI after the interview, and an official announcement will follow. “We are conducting an interview session for candidates for the post of head coach and selector. The CAC will submit its recommendation to the BCCI, and the board will make an official announcement thereafter,” a BCCI source confirmed.

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As the new head coach, Gambhir will have the option to choose his support staff. It is expected that Team India will travel to Zimbabwe with an entirely new set of support staff members, as it is unlikely that Gambhir would continue with the current batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip, whose contracts also end after the T20 World Cup.

Gambhir’s term is expected to run until the end of 2027.

BCCI to Appoint New Selector

In addition to the head coach interview, the CAC will also conduct interviews for the vacant selector’s post, replacing former India pacer Salil Ankola. The new selector is likely to be from the North Zone, maintaining the practice of zonal-wise appointments followed by the board for the last two decades.

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Chief selector Ajit Agarkar, appointed last year, currently serves alongside Ankola, who is set to be replaced. This change follows a tradition aimed at ensuring balanced representation across different zones in India.

The new appointments mark significant changes in India’s cricket management, aiming to strengthen the team’s structure and performance for the upcoming years.

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Gautam Gambhir, the former India opener, is poised to become India's next head coach as he stands as the sole applicant for the role, according to a report by The Indian Express. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had opened applications for the head coach position in early May 2024 after current head coach Rahul Dravid expressed his decision to step down following the T20 World Cup.

Despite the lucrative nature of the job, few high-profile candidates showed interest, mainly due to the demanding travel schedule required for about ten months each year. The deadline for applications was May 27, and Gambhir emerged as the only candidate.

On Tuesday (June 18), Gambhir is set to be interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), consisting of Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjape, and Sulakshana Naik, via a Zoom call. Gambhir has been the BCCI's preferred choice, especially after his successful stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2024, where he played a crucial role in revitalizing the team and leading them to victory.

The CAC will submit their recommendations to the BCCI after the interview, and an official announcement will follow. "We are conducting an interview session for candidates for the post of head coach and selector. The CAC will submit its recommendation to the BCCI, and the board will make an official announcement thereafter," a BCCI source confirmed.

As the new head coach, Gambhir will have the option to choose his support staff. It is expected that Team India will travel to Zimbabwe with an entirely new set of support staff members, as it is unlikely that Gambhir would continue with the current batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip, whose contracts also end after the T20 World Cup.

Gambhir's term is expected to run until the end of 2027.

BCCI to Appoint New Selector

In addition to the head coach interview, the CAC will also conduct interviews for the vacant selector's post, replacing former India pacer Salil Ankola. The new selector is likely to be from the North Zone, maintaining the practice of zonal-wise appointments followed by the board for the last two decades.

Chief selector Ajit Agarkar, appointed last year, currently serves alongside Ankola, who is set to be replaced. This change follows a tradition aimed at ensuring balanced representation across different zones in India.

The new appointments mark significant changes in India's cricket management, aiming to strengthen the team’s structure and performance for the upcoming years.

Stay updated with all the cricketing action, follow Cricadium on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, and Instagram