Hailed very highly in cricketing circles for ending India’s 28-year-old wait for that elusive World Cup trophy – Gary Kirsten earned a huge respect in the heart of every Indian cricket fan for his immense contribution in Indian cricket. If the reports are to be believed, Kirsten is eyeing his way back into Indian cricket but this time for another post. To settle the ongoing chaos in India women’s cricket team, Kirsten has applied for the role of head coach for Indian eves.

According to media reports, Kirsten, who has played for and coached South Africa and has been India’s 2011 World Cup-winning coach, has reportedly sent his application after enquiring about the vacancy. The is set to appear in front of the three-member ad hoc panel set up by BCCI.

After applying for the role, Kirsten has emerged as the front-runner for the top post. Former South Africa batsman and Kirsten’s teammate Herschelle Gibbs has also thrown his hat in the ring along with former England cricketers – Owais Shah and Dimitri Mascarenhas. Some renowned former India cricketers – Manoj Prabhakar, Atul Bedade, Rakesh Sharma, Vidyuth Jaisimha have also applied for the role.

The BCCI has formed an ad-hoc panel comprising of former India cricketers Shantha Rangaswamy, Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad to pick up a new head coach for the Indian women cricket team. BCCI is expected to name the new coach before the New Zealand tour begins on January 24. The tour comprises three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals.

Ramesh Powar controversial stint with India women’s team ended last month after a tiff with senior batswoman Mithali Raj. Powar was appointed as the head coach in August as the coach of women’s team after Tushar Arothe quit following differences with the senior players over training methods.