The BCCI have shortlisted six candidates for the interview of the post for the men’s senior team head coach as Ravi Shastri’s term is going to end soon. The interview will take place in Mumbai on Friday (August 16). The candidates are Mike Hesson, the former New Zealand coach, former Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, Phil Simmons, former West Indies all-rounder and Afghanistan coach, former India team manager Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh, former India fielding coach alongside Ravi Shastri.
The selection will be done by the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), led by former India cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy. The committee was appointed by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).
“The board have finalised a list of six names based on their experience and qualifications for the post. All the six interviews will be held in Mumbai with different time slots for all the six candidates. The interviews will begin in morning and will go on till 5:30pm in the evening on August 16,” a senior BCCI official confirmed CricketNext on Monday (August 12).
“Shastri is the automatic entry into this process like the rest of the support staff. The CAC will probably rank all the candidates, so BCCI can choose the final candidate on the basis of availability and other conditions. The final decision on how many names will finally be offered to BCCI will be decided by the CAC on the day of the interview,” the official further added.
“In spite of all their achievements, none of these names are heavyweight competition to Shastri at the moment. However, the CAC might feel differently because all of them have top level coaching experience and fulfill all the stringent criterion that BCCI have put in place for this job,” the BCCI official said.
Robin Singh was the fielding coach of the team under the team manager Rajput when India won their first-ever World T20 title in 2007 under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy.
Mike Hesson, on the other hand, recently stepped down from the position of Kings XI Punjab manager and is the only one who has the top Test level coaching experience. He was the coach of the New Zealand team for six years. Moody was also with Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in IPL before Trevor Bayliss replaced him. However, The CoA expect to announce the new coach’s name by the next day (August 17).