Team India coach update: Six candidates shortlisted for the high profile post

On Monday, Six names were short-listed for the prominent post of the Indian cricket team's head coach.


The six names in the rundown are former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, ex-Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, former West Indies all-rounder and Afghanistan mentor Phil Simmons, ex-India team manager Lalchand Rajput, former India fielding mentor Robin Singh and current coach Ravi Shastri.

The applicants will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by the ace cricketer Kapil Dev, and an ultimate decision will be landed at by the end of this current week or most probably next week.


Other than the nation's first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, the recently named CAC contains Anshuman Gaekwad and former women's team Skipper Shantha Rangaswamy.


"These six will give a presentation for the head mentor before CAC. It has been discovered that these six have been short-listed for meeting with the CAC," a senior BCCI official, told PTI.


Prior to leaving for the West Indies tour, commander Virat Kohli had said that he is supportive of Shastri proceeding as the head mentor of the Indian team in spite of the backlash he confronted following the semi-final ouster from the World Cup.


The present support staff involving Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding mentor R Sridhar were allowed a 45-day extension to their tenure following the World Cup, covering the progressing West Indies visit from August 3 to September 3.


Shastri was the group chief till June 2016 until India lost in the World T20 semi-finals before being reappointed as head mentor in 2017 after Anil Kumble's takeoff.


by Lokendra Sharma | Tue, Aug 13 - 02:46 PM

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