6 big faces short-listed for India job

As many as six candidates including the current chief coach Ravi Shastri were short-listed for the high-profile posting of the Indian cricket team’s head coach.

6 big faces short-listed for India job
Kapil Dev, the head of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC)

The six candidates are none other than the former Black Caps coach Mike Hesson, ex-Aussie all-rounder, Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, former West Indies all-rounder. Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, ex-India team manager Lalchand Rajput, former India fielding coach Robin Singh and Shastri.

It has been learnt that the potential candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) chaired by the legendary Kapil Dev and after the first round, the final decision will be arrived at by end of this week or early next week.

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Besides India’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, the newly-appointed Cricket Advisory Committee comprises Anshuman Gaekwad and former women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy.

“These six will give a presentation for the head coach before CAC. It has been learnt that these six have been short-listed for an interview with the CAC,” a senior BCCI official in the know of developments added in a statement.

Before jetting off to West Indies tour, Indian team captain Virat Kohli had said that he is in favour of Ravi Shastri playing the role as the head coach of the Indian team despite the severe flak and backlash he faced in the wake of the semi-final exit from the World Cup.

The current support staff consists of Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar. They were all given a 45-day extension period following the World Cup, including the ongoing West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3.

Though the names of Mike Hesson and Tom Moody have been doing the rounds for a while now, Phil Simmons, who has had productive stints with Ireland and Afghanistan cricket teams, is also in the contention now.

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