India Shortlist Six Potential Head Coach Candidates For Final Interviews

By Dhanu Delphi on August 14, 2019

ixThe BCCI and the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) are working together to finalize the India head cricket coach position. According to reports, the job attracted a whopping 2,000 applications. However, the shortlist has now been reduced to just six candidates.

All this takes place against a backdrop of Team India’s tour of the West Indies. They are having a fabulous time of late, too, having won the T20 and ODI series comfortably. They are subsequently set to play a two-match test series that will be counted as part of the World Test Championships. Bookmakers have India as the favourites with odds of 1-3. Meanwhile, cricket bettors can back the West Indies at 11-4.

More Than 2,000 Applications Received

The head coach position of the Indian cricket team is one of the world’s most sought-after cricketing jobs. That’s because it comes with a heavy pay package, as well as a list of great benefits. Current head coach Ravi Shastri sees his contract expire at the end of the West Indies tour. The BCCI then has the opportunity to reappoint him or appoint someone new.

The head coach position received over 2,000 applications, according to unconfirmed reports. After two weeks of review, though, only six candidates have made the shortlist. The six candidates that have been shortlisted for final interviews with the CAC include Ravi Shastri, ex-manager of the Indian cricket team Lalchand Rajput, and former Indian all-rounder and fielding coach Robin Singh.

While the first three candidates are from India, the remaining three are overseas candidates. Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody, hard-hitting West Indian batsman Phil Simmons and Kiwi Mike Hesson will be interviewed to see if they will be the next head coach.

Ravi Shastri Will Be Favoured To Retain Role

Virat Kohli said that the BCCI did not ask for his input in selecting the head coach. Kohli said Ravi Shastri would have been his choice if asked.

There is no secret that Shastri and Kohli have a good working relationship with mutual respect for each other. When you look at the results in all three formats of the game, you can say that Shastri has done a good job, but not a great job. That is why he isn’t an automatic choice to retain his job as head coach.

However, when you compare Shastri’s credentials with the other two Indian applicants in Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput, Shastri is clearly the front runner. This is especially given the fact that he has Virat Kohli’s backing.

Moody And Hesson Possible India Head Cricket Coach Candidates

Phil Simmons has experience coaching the West Indies team to their T20 World Cup win in 2016 and recently moved on from his role as head coach of Afghanistan. While his credentials are good, Tom Moody and Mike Hesson should get the nod ahead of Simmons.

Tom Moody has coached Sri Lanka as well as the IPL franchise, the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Moody has applied for the head coach role before and brings with him a wealth of experience, an attacking mindset and strategies that can take India to be a dominating force in all formats of the game.

Mike Hesson prefers to be the man behind the scenes and stay out of the limelight, something that the BCCI wants in a new head coach. Hesson coached New Zealand for six years, leading them to the final of the 2015 World Cup, a semi-final place in the T20 World Cup in 2016 and to third place on the ICC Test Ranking in 2018. Hesson has experience of working with Indian players as he was the head coach of IPL franchise, Kings XI Punjab.

The CAC will listen to presentations from all six candidates as to why they should be the next head coach. They will then make a final decision.