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Six candidates short-listed for India's head coach's job Shastri also in fray

Six candidates short-listed for India's head coach's job Shastri also in fray”

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) said that out of thousands of applicants, 6 have been selected for the post of head coach of India, six of whom have been selected for final interviews.

The current head coach, Shastri was the team director till June 2016 until India lost in the World T20 semi-finals before being reappointed as head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble's departure.

Hesson coached the Black Caps for six years, highlighted by their memorable run to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, a semifinal finish at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India and a home test series win over England in April 2018 which boosted them to third on the world rankings.

The former New Zealand coach is a relatively young name on the list but has a solid worldwide track record.

Former Kiwi coach Mike Hesson (2012 to 2018), was in charge of Kings XI Punjab this season, before he quit.

A strong contender to retain his job as team India's head coach, Shastri first joined team's backroom staff in 2007 for the tour of Bangladesh.

While Hesson is the former New Zealand coach, Moody was a part of Sri Lanka team.

He then joined as the Mumbai Indians head coach in 2010 and he is now the fielding coach of the franchise.

Amongst the other candidates, Moody, a former Australian all-rounder, has been a coach with the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the past six years.

After a disastrous first stint with Zimbabwe in 2007, he took over the Ireland team which had made noise by upsetting Pakistan and qualifying for the Super Eights at their World Cup debut. He turned out in 26 Tests and 143 ODIs during his 12-year global career.

However, even before the start of the World Cup, Simmons had announced his plans to step down after it. He was involved with Otago in New Zealand was the former coach of Kenya as well.

He began coaching immediately after his retirement, starting with the India Under-19 team followed by the India "A" which included the likes of Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir. At the franchise level, he has been on the coaching team of the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League. He played in one Test and 136 ODIs in an worldwide career between 1989 and 2001. He served as fielding coach of the national side between 2007 and 2009, and has also helmed India's Under-19 and "A" teams. In ODIs, he scored 2,336 runs at 25.95 with one hundred, also taking 69 wickets.

He was the batting coach for Afghanistan national cricket team and later on was appointed as the head coach in 2017.

Presently the coach of the Zimbabwe national side, Rajput has been associated with Afghanistan, Mumbai Indians, and served as manager of the national side for a brief period, during which India won the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007. But his contract was not extended next year.

The former Mumbai opener, who also played for India, has also coached domestic side Assam apart from a team in the T20 Mumbai League for two years.



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