A total of six candidates viz Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Phil Simmons, Mike Hesson, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput are all set to compete for the high-profile job of team India's head coach. This consists of 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 the incumbent head coach, Ravi Shastri.
The final decision will be taken by the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), led by former India captain Kapil Dev, featuring Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.
The Board had received over 2,000 applications for different coaching positions with the Indian team, with the contracts of the current staff having run out after the 2019 World Cup, and an extension being granted only for the ongoing tour of the U.S. and the West Indies.
Ravi Shastri's contract had been extended for 45 days after the World Cup 2019, so that the BCCI got enough time to conduct interviews and find a new head coach. He was then appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians in 2010 and now, is the fielding coach of the franchise. Later, as head coach, he transformed Otago into a unit which regularly competed for domestic titles.More news: USA gov’t introduces new rules restricting legal immigration
Former Australia cricketers Tom Moody is a seasoned coach in global cricket as well as in franchise cricket, especially in India with stints at Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Confirming the updates, a senior BCCI official was quoted by CrickInfo as saying by Press Trust of India, "These six will give presentation for head coach before CAC".
Singh has been part of the Indian support staff before, holding the role of the fielding coach between 2007 and '09. With Ireland, he was at the helm during their most successful wins including the upset win over England at the 2007 and 2011 World Cup.
Hesson coached the Black Caps for six years, highlighted by their memorable run to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, a semifinal finish at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India and a home test series win over England in April 2018 which boosted them to third on the world rankings.More news: No, Dak Prescott Is Not Asking for $40 Million a Year
After retiring in 2002, he was first appointed Zimbabwe coach back in 2004.
He took over as Afghanistan coach in December 2017 and helped them get ready for their Test debut as well as qualify for the 2019 World Cup. 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.
Hesson, now 44, has spent literally half his life as a coach, starting with a seven-year apprenticeship with the Otago cricket team in New Zealand.
Presently the coach of the Zimbabwe national side, Rajput has been associated with Afghanistan, Mumbai Indians, and served as manager of the national side for a brief period, during which India won the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007.More news: The Lion King Remake Is Now The Top Grossing Animated Film
The former Australian all-rounder played worldwide cricket between 1987 and 1999 in both Tests and ODIs sporadically.