The Board of Control of Cricket for India (BCCI) are set to have a new coach for Team India ready to go soon after the IPL 2016 season comes to an end.
Indian cricket greats -- Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman -- who form the advisory committee, will select the coach after the World T20 and as the IPL 2016 goes on. The trio has been appointed to select a coach for the India team, and it was recently revealed that Michael Hussey was offered the job by Laxman, with the Australian batting legend politely refusing.
Ravi Shastri is presently in charge of the India team in a Team Director role, and the Men in Blue have been impressive under the former India all-rounder, with Test series victories coming against Sri Lanka and South Africa.
India's performances have been even more impressive of late in 2016, with MS Dhoni's team only losing one match in the T20 format. India have also reached the final of the Asia Cup and are favourites to defeat Bangladesh. With such performances under their belt, India are top contenders to win the World T20 as well.
The World T20 is the last series which Shastri will handle, after which a new coach will be appointed. Shastri has been leading Team India, after the post went vacant with Duncan Fletcher's tenure as India coach coming to an end after the ICC 50-over World Cup last year. Shastri is not out of the running to take over as the permanent India coach, though, with Test captain Virat Kohli backing him.
After the World T20 comes to an end, the BCCI will have plenty of time to think about choosing the right candidate to coach India. They are set to appoint a new coach before the first series after the IPL – the tour of the West Indies.
"After World T20, whatever tour is, we would like to have the coach in place. We will get time during IPL (in April-May) so our effort will be to call the meeting of advisory panel and decide on the coach. We will begin the process after the World T20," PTI quoted a BCCI official as saying.