Ravi Shastri

Six names in running for India national cricket coach job

MNA Sports Desk: Ravi Shastri, India’s current head coach, and five other candidates have been shortlisted for Team India’s head coach job, news agency PTI reported.

Apart from Shastri, who is currently on a 45-day extension after the World Cup 2019, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh are the other two Indians who have been shortlisted for the coveted job.

Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and former Afghanistan coach Phil Jones are the three foreign nationals shortlisted for the role.

The candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by former India captain Kapil Dev, and a final decision will be arrived by end of this week or early next week.

Besides the country’s first World Cup-wining skipper Dev, the newly-appointed CAC comprises Anshuman Gaekwad and former women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy.

“These six will give presentation for head coach before the CAC.

It has been learnt that these six have been shortlisted for interviews,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI.

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

The current support staff comprising Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the ongoing West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3.


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