The Board of Control for Cricket in India has received over 2000 applications for the post of head coach of Team India.
As per a report in Bangalore Mirror, there is a dearth of big names which could have possibly challenged incumbent Ravi Shastri. The report mentions that former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody who has a vast coaching experience has applied for the role. Also, former New Zealand and current Kings XI Punjab head coach Mike Hesson has sent in his application.
Mahela Jayawardene, who was earlier interested in the role has not yet sent in his application.
The current coaching team, comprising head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R. Sridhar – who were given a 45-day contract extension following the World Cup – will get an automatic entry in the recruitment process.
Among the new Indian contenders, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput have applied for the role. It has been confirmed that former South African player Jonty Rhodes has sent in his application for the role of fielding coach.
Team India is also set to get a new trainer and physio after the departure of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart respectively.
The Indian team’s new coaching set-up will be picked up by BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, former head coach Anshuman Gaikwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.
The shortlisted candidates are expected to be interviewed on August 14 and 15.