Hunt for Team India head coach: Detailed look at the contenders

Who is Shastri’s competition? A look at the coaching credentials of BCCI’s shortlisted candidates

Who is Shastri’s competition? A look at the coaching credentials of BCCI’s shortlisted candidates

The Indian Cricket team will have an announcement made on Monday regarding their head coach as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shortlisted six potential candidates for the position.

While the names of Moody, who has rich coaching pedigree in worldwide cricket [Sri Lanka] as well as in the franchise circuit [Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, for example], and Hesson, formerly head coach with New Zealand and Kings XI, have been doing the rounds, Simmons is seen as a late entrant.

The candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by former India captain Kapil Dev, with Anshuman Gaekwad and former women's team captain Shantha Rangaswamy making up the rest of the panel.

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 semi-final ouster from the World Cup.

Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri, who is the current coach of the Indian men's cricket team, appeared in a total of 150 ODIs and 80 Test matches for the national side before a knee injury started affecting his game and he decide to bid adieu to cricket at the age of 30.

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.

Ravi Shastri was at the helm of the senior team when this happened. Hesson, who stepped down from the post of New Zealand coach in 2018, recently also parted ways with IPL franchise Team Mumbai.

He has also expressed interest in the role of India's head coach and could be one of the favourites.

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Soon after his retirement, Robin began his coaching career with India's Under-19 team.

He took over as Afghanistan coach in December 2017 and helped them get ready for their Test debut as well as qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

Internationally, he has coached the Afghanistan and Zimbabwe teams. Simmons guided Ireland to historic wins over England in the 2011 World Cup and West Indies and Zimbabwe in the 2015 edition.

Former New Zealand and Kenya coach Mike Hessons is also a contender for the top position.

Rajput played just two Tests and four ODIs for India, with meagre returns. He was the current coach of Zimbabwe team till the International Cricket Council suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for government interference. Japut, former Indian fielding coach Robin Singh, is named.

The veteran Mumbai coach was the team manager of the Indian team which won the 2007 ICC World T20 title under Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The all-rounder took over the mantle of Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.

Under Shastri, India have not won any significant trophy and barring the series win in Australia, the team struggled in Test matches in South Africa and England and was also ousted from the 2019 World Cup when they lost to New Zealand.

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