VVS Laxman might have to sit out Tom Moody's interview

VVS Laxman might have to sit out Tom Moody’s interview

Moody has been extremely successful while coaching for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.

Tom Moody and VVS Laxman
Tom Moody and VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sourav Ganguly are the three members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). These three greats of the game are going to decide who the coach of the Indian team is going to be. The deadline for applying for the most coveted job in the world of cricket ended on Wednesday.

There were not many entries as the BCCI was left in a shock. Only a few applied for the job and who fit the criteria. Those few include the likes of Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Craig McDermott, Richard Pybus and Doda Ganesh. These are the people who fit the criteria BCCI put out before accepting the entries.

There are a few heavyweights in there. Anil Kumble gets an automatic entry because he holds the post as his contract ends later this month. All these people will be interviewed by the CAC. However, there is a problem with the CAC members. VVS Laxman who is a part of the committee will also be the part of the interviewing committee but CoA doesn’t want VVS to be there when the CAC interviews Tom Moody.

Conflict of interest

Moody has been extremely successful while coaching for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. He has the experience of coaching an Asian team before as well. This makes him the favourite to succeed Kumble. However, he needs to pass the interview round of CAC.

The CAC has a colleague of his in there. VVS who is also a part of the SRH setup in the IPL mostly likely will have to sit out the Moody interview. This is because the Chairman of CoA Vinod Rai seems to have informed the BCCI officials that VVS Laxman has to stay away from the Moody interview as they do not want a conflict of interest kind of thing to happen.

“Vinod Rai (COA chairman) has informed BCCI officials that Laxman will have to stay away when Moody appears for his interview. Laxman and Moody know each other very well and to avoid another conflict of interest debate, the COA felt that it would be better if Laxman recuses himself,” a BCCI official told the Indian Express.

It will be interesting to see how the things pan out as the interviews will take place in London on 5th and 6th of June as the fate of the next Indian coach will be sealed.