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Sourav Ganguly was not present when Ravi Shastri was interviewed by Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman. Pictured: India's Sourav Ganguly (R) tosses a ball as team mate Sachin Tendulkar watches during a cricket training session in Kolkata November 2, 2007. India will play five one-day international and three test matches against Pakistan from November 5.Reuters

BCCI recently roped in the legendary legspinner Anil Kumble as the new head coach of the India. The selection process was carried out by the BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee, which conists of former India captain Sourav Ganguly and legendary batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. 

The Advisory Committee interviewed several candidates and after looking at each and every one of them closely, they zeroed in on their suggestion to the BCCI president Anurag Thakur. 

However, during Ravi Shastri's interview, Ganguly had stepped out of the room. The reason is still unknown as to why Ganguly was not present during Shastri's interview. When Shastri was questioned over it, he stated that Ganguly would be the better person to answer that question. 

"All I can say is that Ganguly wasn't there when I was interviewed and you should ask what problem Ganguly has with me instead of asking me," Shastri was quoted as saying by TOI

Shastri, who was India's team director for nearly two years, also expressed his disappointment at not being elected as the head coach of India.

"My disappointment was there for a day and that is all. And it happened last week. I have moved on," Shastri said. 

Shastri gave his presentation over a video conference call and yet he was unable to impress the terriffic trio of Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly as much as Kumble did. When asked about the BCCI's final decision, Shastri said he did everything he could to continue with the India team. 

"My job was to prepare a team. I was able to do it with the best of ability. Right now, India are among the top two teams in world cricket in all formats. My job was to give an interview, which I had given. What happened inside is not my lookout," Shastri added. 

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