Team India coach: A look at the candidates

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The big day is here as the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will on Friday interview the shortlisted andidates at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai to decided on who will become the next Team India head coach.

While it looks like Ravi Shastri is the favourite to retain his position as the CAC isn’t too keen on a foreign face, IANS takes a look at the names who will look to fight it out with the former India all-rounder:

Mike Hesson

The 44-year-old, who holds the distinction of being the longest serving coach of the Black Caps, has a vast coaching experience. His first international assignment was with Kenya after the 2011 World Cup.

He had signed a two-year contract but resigned much before the completion of his tenure citing security reasons. He then replaced John Wright as the New Zealand coach in 2012.

Under his coaching, the Kiwis reached its first-ever World Cup final in 2015 where they lost to Australia. His contract was extended in 2016 until the end of the 2019 World Cup, but Hesson resigned in June 2018 in order to spend more time with his family.

Hesson also served as the head coach of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab before stepping down on August 8 this year. He is running for the head coach position of Pakistan as well.

Phil Simmons

The former West Indies all-rounder has coached Zimbabwe, Ireland, West Indies, Afghanistan since his retirement in 2002.

The 56-year-old was first appointed as the head coach of Zimbabwe in 2004. However, it proved to a difficult and controversial job, not least because he inherited a team heavily weakened thanks to the mass dismissal of most of the senior players. Eventually, he was sacked in 2005.

Simmons then succeeded Adrian Birrell as coach of Ireland after the 2007 World Cup. He significantly improved Ireland’s standing in world cricket as their coach. His tenure included 224 matches, making him the longest serving coach in international cricket.

After the conclusion of the 2015 World Cup, he became coach of his native West Indies team and went on to lead them to a historic second World T20 victory in India in 2016.

Thereafter, he was the batting coach for Afghanistan and later on was appointed as the head coach in 2017. In June 2019, he was named as the coach of the Brampton Wolves franchise team for the Global T20 tournament in Canada.

Tom Moody

The former Australian medium pacer has a coaching experience of more than 14 years. In 2005, Moody was appointed as head coach of Sri Lanka and he led them to the final of the 2007 World Cup before leaving the post and going back home to coach Western Australia for three years.

In 2017, Moody was appointed as the head coach of Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League for 2018 season.

The 53-year-old’s most successful stint has however come with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He has coached the side for six seasons during which it won one title and made five playoffs.

Robin Singh

The former India all-rounder, who is known for his brilliant fielding, stepped into the world of coaching with Indian U-19s before taking over as the coach of the Hong Kong in 2004. He helped the team to qualify for the 2004 Asia Cup.

Singh, was appointed coach of the India A cricket team in 2006, where he coached cricketers such as Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa.

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