Six candidates are shortlisted for Team India’s head coach post
Six candidates, including incumbent Ravi Shastri, were on Monday short-listed for the high-profile post of the Indian cricket team's head coach. Ravi Shastri, automatic entry in the process.
Lalchand Rajput, India's manager during 2007 T20 World Cup win, and ex-fielding coach Robin Singh are the other Indians in the list. Ex-New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, ex-Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and ex-West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons have also been included.
While the names of Hesson and Moody have been doing the rounds for a while, Simmons, who has had successful stints with Ireland and Afghanistan cricket teams, is also in the fray now. Hesson recently parted ways with IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab. Hesson coached the Black Caps for six years which included their memorable run in 2015 World Cup.
The candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by Kapil Dev. Before leaving for the tour of West Indies, captain Virat Kohli had said that he is in favour of Shastri continuing as the head coach of the Indian team despite the criticism he faced following the semifinal ouster from the World Cup. But as the senior players say, there is nothing Kohli can do with the selection of the head coach.