Six candidates shortlisted for Team India’s head coach position

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

Six candidates, including incumbent Ravi Shastri, were on Monday short-listed for the high-profile post of the Indian cricket team's head coach. Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and former Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons are the three foreign nationals shortlisted for the role.

They will present their presentations before the CAC under the leadership of legendary cricketer Kapil Dev.

Before leaving for the tour of the West Indies, Indian captain Virat Kohli had said that he was in favour of Shastri continuing as the head coach despite the criticism he faced following the semi-final ouster from the World Cup.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has again set up a cricket advisory committee to select The Head Coach of Team India. He was then appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians in 2010 and now, is the fielding coach of the franchise.

Rajput was then appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians in its first season and then got his big break when he was named head coach of Afghanistan's national team, replacing Pakistan's Inzamam ul Haq. He was involved with Otago in New Zealand was the former coach of Kenya as well.

Confirming the updates, a senior BCCI official was quoted 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.

He began coaching immediately after his retirement, starting with the India Under-19 team followed by the India "A" which included the likes of Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir.

Tom Moody is a former Australian all-rounder amd has been a coach with the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the past six years.

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.

Long before his success as coach, Moody had a middling global career bookended by World Cup triumphs in 1987 and 1999. 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.

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

Rajput, who has coached India, India A, Afghanistan and is with Zimbabwe now, on Monday guided the Winnipeg franchise to the title in GLT20.

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

The all-rounder took over the mantle of Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League. He served as fielding coach of the national side between 2007 and 2009, and has also helmed India's Under-19 and "A" teams. That stint saw India win a Test series in England, lift the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa as well succeeding in the triangular ODI series trophy in Australia for the first time.

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