The date for the interview for Team India coach has been announced. On July 10, a day after the deadline for application July 9 Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of BCCI will interview those who applied for the coveted post of the Indian team. Also Read - BCCI Invites Tender For IPL Sponsorship For 4-month Period; Highest Bid Not Guaranteed Winner
Among the applicants, the most recent inclusion is former Team Director Ravi Shastri. Other who have applied for the post are Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag and Venkatesh Prasad. Also Read - IPL 2020: BCCI Gets Government Approval to Stage IPL in UAE, Says League Chairman Brijesh Patel
Among these candidates, only three candidates have prior coaching experience with Team India in different capacities. While Lalchand Rajput was a manager when India won the 2017 Word T20 in South Africa and in 2008 when India won the Commonwealth Bank series in Australia. Also read: Venkatesh Prasad applies for Team India head coach post: Report Also Read - IPL 2020: BCCI in Trouble, After VIVO Exit, Calls to Drop Byju’s & Dream11 Grow: Report
Shastri was part of the team from 2014 to 2016 as a Team Director. During his tenure, Team India has played 2015 World Cup semifinal, won Asia Cup and played semifinal of 2016 World T20 and won the Test series in Sri Lanka and at home against South Africa.
Meanwhile, Prasad played the role of bowling coach with Team India just ahead of the 2007 World Cup.
BCCI had advertised for applications for next India coach on May 25 when Anil Kumble was still at the helm. He had been appointed on a one-year contract. Also read: ‘Ravi Shastri is better equipped than Anil Kumble to deal with Virat Kohli,’ says R Sridhar
Kumble enjoyed overwhelming success during his tenure but due to tussle with skipper Virat Kohli, he decided to step down and didn’t apply for an extension.
Among the contenders, Shastri is the most favourite of skipper Kohli and has a good track record. So, he has become the focal point of discussion. Alongside him, Tom Moody and former Indian opener Virender Sehwag are two other big contenders.