The Board of Control for Cricket in India opened applications for the Indian Cricket Team’s new support staff. The present support staff is consists of head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, and fielding coach R. Sridhar. They were given a 45-day extension after their contracts expired.
The position for the Men in Blue’s head coach is a hot topic on cricket fans. Ravi Shastri is the present head coach of the Indian Cricket Team. He was appointed on his post after Anil Kumble’s exit in 2017. Under his coaching career, the Indian Cricket Team have won a Test series in Australia and lifted the 2018 Asia Cup.
The deadline for the applications has reached and there are numerous applicants for the head coach post who are notable cricketers in the sport.
1. Mike Hesson
Hesson is the former head coach of the New Zealand cricket team for six years. His tenure of the Kiwis was successful as the team reached the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final. He also served as a coach for Argentina and Kenya, and also Otago in NZ domestic cricket. He is currently the head coach of Kings XI Punjab.
2. Mahela Jayawardene
Jayawardene is one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history who scored more than 20,000 international runs. He achieved the highest test score by a right-handed batsman in the history of test cricket whereas he scored 374 against South Africa. Currently, he is the head coach of Mumbai Indians. This year, the team won their 4th title at the Indian Premier League.
3. Tom Moody
Tom Moody is the current coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was also named as Montreal Tigers coach for the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament. Moody led Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup final and coached Western Australia during the 2007 Big Bash League.
4. Gary Kirsten
Kirsten was a former cricketer who played 101 Test matches and 185 ODIs in his entire career. He served as the Indian Cricket Team’s coach from 2008 to 2011. Then he was appointed for the same post for the South African Team in 2011 but resigned from his post in 2013. Kirsten also coached Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Aside from these four names, there also two other applicants which include Robin Singh, a former all-rounder who previously served as the Indian cricket team’s fielding coach, and Lalchand Rajput, Zimbabwe’s current head coach.
The BCCI received 2,000 applications for the head coach position. According to Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) co-member Anshuman Gaekwad, they will sit down to interview the short-listed candidates. They might find someone who suits the position.
There are reports that the BCCI and the Cricket Advisory Committee supports Shastri to continue on his post. Ravi Shastri was also supported by the Indian Cricket Team’s captain Virat Kohli. The Men in Blue also needs a new trainer and physio. The previous ones who were Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart discontinued their post.
The Indian Cricket Team is now set for their first T20I in Lauderhill, Florida against the West Indies.