Team India head coach will be handed contract till 2021 World T20

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, were on Friday interviewing the shortlisted candidates at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai and it has been learnt that the one selected will be at the helm till the 2021 World T20.

Speaking to IANS, a board functionary confirmed the same and said that even the support staff that will be picked by chief selector M.S.K. Prasad and team will be given an identical contract.

“The head coach will be at the helm of affairs till the 2021 World T20 and after that it will be a process of re-appointment or selection of a new coach as has been the trend in recent years. The support staff will also be handed contracts till the World T20 as continuity is very important considering the big ticket events that are lined up over the next couple of years,” the functionary said.

While Ravi Shastri is favourite to retain his position as head coach – the CAC isn’t too keen on a foreign face – there are five other candidates who are looking to give him tough competition.

A look at the credentials of the personnel 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 had 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 their 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 in running for the position of Pakistan’s head coach as well.

Phil Simmons

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

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