Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar form the three-member panel to take the final call on who will be India's head coach © CricketCountry
Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar form the three-member panel to take the final call on who will be India’s head coach © CricketCountry

As the three-member committee complete interviewing the short-listed contenders for the post of India’s coach, they are set to submit the report on Friday to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). A committee formed by former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were handed the responsibility to take the final call on who will fill up the important position of India’s head coach which has been long vacant now. BCCI received a total of 57 applications of which seven names, including both Indians and overseas players, were shortlisted by the committee to be interviewed. READ: Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble and 5 others interviewed for India coach job

In a press release, BCCI revealed, “The Committee appointed by the BCCI for the selection of Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team met today to deliberate further on the options and possibilities based on the presentations made by the applicants. After detailed deliberations it was decided that they would further go through the finer details and submit their report to the Honorary Secretary of the BCCI on the morning of June 24, 2016.”

The interview took place in Kolkata on Tuesday where applicants like former Team India Director Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble among others made the presentations. While the Indian applicants were present there for a person to person presentation, the overseas players are known to have been interviewed online.

While it was being speculated that the board will seek opinions of limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni and Test skipper Virat Kohli upon the matter, the committee later revealed that the decision will be taken solely by themselves. Sourav Ganguly, as quoted by IANS, said, “No, we haven’t (asked for their opinions) . We have been empowered to finalise the coach and we have done it without consulting the captains.”