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Six candidates shortlisted by BCCI for Indian cricket team’s head coach post

BCCI has shortlisted six candidates for the high-profile post of the Indian cricket team’s head coach. Virat Kohli, the captain of Indian cricket team before flying to West Indies said that he wants Ravi Shastri to continue as the coach despite criticism post World Cup exit. But the board is keen to select the next one through the proper process.

The six shortlisted candidates are former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, ex-Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, former West Indies all-rounder and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, ex-India team manager Lalchand Rajput, former India fielding coach Robin Singh, and Shastri. 

The names of Hesson and Moody have been doing the rounds for a while. Hesson coached the Black Caps for six years, that includes their memorable run to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, a semifinal finish at the 2016 World Twenty20. Moody has been in the queue for India’s head coach role since 2005 when eventually Greg Chappell was given the prestigious role.  Moody after taking Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 World Cup had successful stints with Kings XI Punjab Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL. Simmons helped West Indies to win the 2016 World T20 title in India before taking over as head coach of the Afghanistan national team in 2017. Rajput served Indian team as the manager when it won the World T20. He worked as a coach with Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Robin was also part of India’s World T20 triumph in 2007 and served as the fielding coach of the team. Shastri-Kohli duo has been consistent enough and helped India to become the top Test team with a historic series triumph in Australia. Shastri, before becoming the coach was the team director till June 2016 until India lost in the World T20 semi-finals. Post that he was given the charge of head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble’s departure.

A senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI, “These six will give presentation for head coach before CAC. It has been learnt that these six have been short-listed for interview with the CAC.” The newly appointed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is headed by the legendary Kapil Dev and comprising Anshuman Gaekwad and former women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy. A final decision should be arrived at by end of this week or early next week.

The current support staff of Indian cricket team comprising the head coach Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar, and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup. Based on that, they are currently with the team covering the ongoing West Indies tour, from August 3 to September 3. 

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