Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said as leader the of the team Virat Kohli has got every right to voice his opinion in the coach selection process.
In his first media interaction after India's World Cup semifinal exit, Kohli backed Ravi Shastri to continue as India head coach after his extended tenure ends with the tour of the West Indies beginning later this week.
"He is the captain. He has got every right to say," Ganguly said referring Kohli's comment at the pre-departure media interaction in Mumbai on Monday.
Ganguly was part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which picked Shastri as the head coach in 2017. The other members were Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.
This time the CAC comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy will pick the coach. The application deadline ended on Tuesday and incumbent Shastri gets an automatic entry in the selection process.
The Kapil-led committee had also picked the Indian women's coach, W V Raman, in December.
Ganguly also spoke about the eight-month suspension handed to talented opener Prithvi Shaw for failing a dope test after the 19-year-old "inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups".
"A cough syrup can have different compositions. I don't know what exactly happened with Prithvi Shaw," he added.
Ever since the gates were thrown open for a new coach, applicants featuring the likes of former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Mike Hesson and Tom Moody have thrown their hats into the ring, in an attempt to get the prestigious job as the coach of the Men in Blue. The existing contract with Ravi Shastri and his support staff is all-set to expire after India's tour of West Indies and the hunt for the new staff has already begun.
Current head coach Ravi Shastri has had a successful tenure with the Men in Blue and has in fact spoken about the team's consistent performance since he took over the reins of the team. Further, Shastri's earlier stint with the Men in Blue as the director of the team was also a success story. However, India has lost matches at crucial junctures, mainly at the knockout stages of big tournaments.