BCCI shortlists six candidates for position of head coach

Who is Shastri’s competition? A look at the coaching credentials of BCCI’s shortlisted candidates

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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. He amassed a total of 3,830 runs and bagged 151 wickets in Tests besides scoring 3,108 ODI runs and taking 129 wickets.

The 44-year-old from Dunedin is the former head coach of New Zealand cricket team. While he may not have as much experience as the global names on this list, he was the coach cum manager of the Indian team that lifted the inaugural World T20 trophy in 2007. Hesson, who stepped down from the post of New Zealand coach in 2018, recently also parted ways with IPL franchise Team Mumbai.

He was the batting coach for Afghanistan national cricket team and later on was appointed as the head coach in 2017.

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 United States of America and the West Indies.

"These six will give presentation for head coach before CAC".

Though India might have lost the 2019 World Cup under Shastri, the Virat Kohli-led side climbed to the top of the Test rankings with a historic series win in Australia.

"With Ravi bhai, all of us have a great camaraderie, everyone in the team shares mutual respect [with him]".

Rajput played just two Tests and four ODIs for India, with meagre returns.

After his retirement, he was appointed as the manager of India for the Twenty20 World Championship 2007 in South Africa. He was the current coach of Zimbabwe team till the International Cricket Council suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for government interference. He also had a long coaching association with the Mumbai Indians.

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.

The former India fielding coach Robin Singh is in the fray for the head coach job as well. Apart from his work with Western Australia and Worcestershire at the domestic level, he has the experience of coaching and managing teams in six different countries.

He then succeeded Adrian Birrell as the head coach of Ireland after the 2007 World Cup.

Along with his steady success with Sunrisers that saw them win the title in 2016, he has also worked with Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League and Bangladesh Premier League franchise Rangpur Riders.

Simmons played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs for the West Indies, scoring 1,002 runs at 22.26 and 3,675 runs at 28.93 respectively. Besides this, Simmons also played in 207 first-class matches and 306 List A games.

In March 2015, he accepted an offer to coach to take charge of his native West Indies after the conclusion of the 2015 World Cup. However, he was sacked soon after completing a year in the wake of the Caribbean side's dismal campaign at the 2016 T20 World Cup in India.

Rajput, who was the head coach of the team when it won the World T20, also had stints with Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

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.

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