The Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed that the interviews for the next head coach of the men’s Indian cricket team will be conducted on August 16 in Mumbai. The board sent out a mail to the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), who will conduct the interviews.
“We have just received a mail informing us that we have to be in Mumbai for the head coach interviews on August 16. Earlier, the board felt that the interviews could take a couple of days but after short-listing we have been informed that it is only a single-digit number — around 5-6 candidates,” a member of the CAC informed CricketNext on Saturday (August 10).
The CAC, led by Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy have been selected for the purpose of selecting the mean’s head coach. They had earlier also picked the women’s head coach WV Raman.
“Although the short-list this time around is quite small but we’ll still try to give the board at least three options to choose from with first, second and third preference. We did the same in the case of the women’s coach as our first choice Gary Kirsten wasn’t able to take up the position. We have been told that our decision on the choice of the head coach and the CoA or BCCI would have no say on the matter,” the CAC member informed.
It is being reported that Australian Tom Moody, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson are in the fray for being the next coach, with current coach Ravi Shastri getting an automatic entry into the interview process as well.
Shastri, Hesson and Moody will appear for an interview over Skype.
While the head coach will be decided by the CAC, the other members of the support staff will be picked by the selection committee, which is led by MSK Prasad. It is reported that former South African Jonty Rhodes is a big contender to become India’s next fielding coach.