6 veterans Shortlisted for the post of Indian team coach

6 veterans Shortlisted for the post of Indian team coach

Mumbai: The Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will interview six shortlisted candidates - Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput, Phil Simmons and Ravi Shastri - for India's head coach's job at the BCCI headquarters on Friday.

The interview of the shortlisted candidates will take place here on August 16.

The Australian has rich coaching experience and his pedigree makes him one of the favourites to bag the job.

Hesson recently parted ways with IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab. However, his stint with New Zealand hadn't started on a particularly good note, and he was widely seen as having played a role in Ross Taylor's unceremonious removal from captaincy in favour of Brendon McCullum. Under Hesson, New Zealand became an irrepressible Test unit in home conditions and also adopted a very dynamic brand of cricket which saw them gallop their way to the World Cup finals in 2015.

Hesson, now 44, has spent literally half his life as a coach, starting with a seven-year apprenticeship with the Otago cricket team in New Zealand. He resigned from this post earlier this month in order to make himself available for this role. In the past, he has also had stints with West Indies, with whom he won the World T20 title in 2016, and, most notably, Ireland.

In December 2012, Moody was announced as the head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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. In 2006, he was appointed coach of India A where he worked with cricketers like Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir. He served as fielding coach of the national side between 2007 and 2009, and has also helmed India's Under-19 and "A" teams.

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Also, he was appointed head coach of the now-defunct IPL franchise Deccan Chargers.

While he does not have quite the experience of coaching global teams, he has previously been in charge of the India Under-19 and A teams as well as a coach with Mumbai Indians. He coached the Khulna Division cricket team in the Bangladesh Premier League, where he helped Dwayne Smith and Andre Russell further their cricket skills. He also had a long coaching association with the Mumbai Indians.

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Although Rajput has experience with the Afghanistan and Zimbabwe team, he doesn't have the experience of coaching a top Test nation.

While current coach Shastri got automatic entry for the selection process and is considered favourite to retain the position, nearly everyone has a considerable amount of worldwide experience.

After his contract was terminated by Afghanistan cricket board, he was named head coach of Zimbabwe in May 2018.

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