BCCI shortlists six candidates for position of head coach

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2019

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to name the next head coach of the Indian men's cricket team on Friday from the shortlisted six candidates, including incumbent Ravi Shastri.

The shortlisted candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by the legendary Kapil Dev and comprise of Anshuman Gaekwad and former women's team captain Shantha Rangaswamy before making the final decidion by end of this week.

Former Australia cricketers Tom Moody is a seasoned coach in worldwide cricket as well as in franchise cricket, especially in India with stints at Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Former New Zealand and Kenya coach Mike Hessons is also a contender for the top position. Under Hesson, New Zealand became an irrepressible Test unit in home conditions and also adopted a very dynamic brand of cricket which saw them gallop their way to the World Cup finals in 2015.

Hesson recently parted ways with IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab. He resigned from this post earlier this month in order to make himself available for this role.

While current coach Shastri got automatic entry for the selection process and is considered favourite to retain the position, nearly everyone has a considerable amount of worldwide experience. Previously, he has coached West Indies, a side which went on to win World T20 in 2016 and also had a stint as the head coach of Ireland.

The former India fielding coach Robin Singh is in the fray for the head coach job as well. He began his coaching career immediately after hanging his boots from worldwide cricket and was in charge of the India Under-19 side. He is now serving as the head coach of the Zimbabwe cricket team after being appointed in the role in August 2018. In 2006, Robin was named as the coach of the India A cricket team before serving as the fielding coach of the national side from 2007 to 2009.

Besides this, Robin has also been coaching Team Mumbai in the IPL since joining the franchise in 2010. He was then appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians in 2010 and now, is the fielding coach of the franchise.

He then coached the Khulna Division cricket team in the Bangladesh Premier League and Uva cricket team of the Sri Lanka Premier League.

The all-rounder took over the mantle of Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.

Former team manager Lalchand Rajput has also thrown his hat in the ring for the job of the Indian cricket team's head coach. Also, he was the manager of a young Indian side which won the World T20 in South Africa back in 2007.

While the names of Moody, who has rich coaching pedigree in global cricket [Sri Lanka] as well as in the franchise circuit [Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, for example], and Hesson, formerly head coach with New Zealand and Kings XI, have been doing the rounds, Simmons is seen as a late entrant.

Simmons began his coaching career with the Zimbabwe cricket team in 2004.

There have been suggestions from the BCCI that Shastri is most likely to continue, something that has the backing of India captain Virat Kohli, who publicly expressed his support for Shastri at a press conference before flying out for the tour of the US and the Caribbean late last month.

It remains to be seen whether Shastri will be given a chance to continue with the role or the CAC chooses a new coach for Team India.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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