The question of who would be the head coach of the Indian team has been around social media since BCCI has released applications for the coaching position. India’s head coach Ravi Shastri and the support staff are given a 45 days extension period till the end of West Indies tour.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been recently released applications for the different coaching roles. The last date of application was July 30 after which well-known names got shortlisted.
The BCCI has shortlisted a total of six candidates, Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput, Phil Simmons, and Ravi Shastri, for the head coach role. The Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will interview the shortlisted candidates for the head coach role at the BCCI headquarters on Friday.
The BBCI has reported that they have received around 2000 applications for various coaching posts like batting, fielding, and bowling coaches, only a few big names had applied for the head coach position.
“Some of the overseas candidates may not be able to attend the meeting, so they would connect with the panel via video call. The CAC members have been emailed the final shortlisted names. The members will reach Mumbai on August 15 and they will take a final call on the right candidate,” – BCCI official said.
The three-member committee consisting of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy, will pick up the head coach and the support staff of the team will be picked by chief selector MSK Prasad.
Currently, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri is at West Indies with the Indian team. He will be the last one to be interviewed due to the time zones and his interactions will be on skype.
“He will be the last to appear for the interview because of the time zone difference,” – the official said.