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

13 August 2019

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to name the next head coach of the Indian men's cricket team on Friday from the shortlisted six candidates, including incumbent Ravi Shastri.

The Board had received over 2,000 applications for different coaching positions with the Indian team, with the contracts of the current staff having run out after the 2019 World Cup, and an extension being granted only for the ongoing tour of the U.S. and the West Indies.

Hesson has also coached the Kenya Cricket team previously for a year during 2011-12. He was also the coach of the Windies' side that won the T20 World Cup in 2016. However, his stint with New Zealand hadn't started on a particularly good note, and he was widely seen as having played a role in Ross Taylor's unceremonious removal from captaincy in favour of Brendon McCullum. Hesson recently stepped down from his position as Kings XI Punjab manager.

Mike Hesson was named as the head coach of the New Zealand cricket team in 2012, taking over the reigns from John Wright for the side's tour of India.

Former West Indies opener Phil Simmons has also enjoyed a very successful coaching career, making a host of "lesser" teams punch above their weight.

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

He took over as Afghanistan coach in December 2017 and helped them get ready for their Test debut as well as qualify for the 2019 World Cup. Simmons quit the Afghanistan job under controversial circumstances after the 2019 World Cup.

Simmons played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs for the West Indies, scoring 1,002 runs at 22.26 and 3,675 runs at 28.93 respectively.

While he does not have quite the experience of coaching worldwide teams, he has previously been in charge of the India Under-19 and A teams as well as a coach with Mumbai Indians.

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.

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Robin has been an assistant coach with the Mumbai Indians for a long time, apart from guiding Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League. He played in one Test and 136 ODIs in an global career between 1989 and 2001.

Following this, he was appointed fielding coach of the Indian team and was part of the management when India lifted the inaugural World T20 in 2007.

Simmons has also served as the head coach of Ireland for eight years besides coaching the Afghanistan cricket team for two years and overseeing their acquisition of Test status and maiden appearance at the World Cup in England.

He was the batting coach for Afghanistan national cricket team and later on was appointed as the head coach in 2017. But his contract was not extended next year. He appeared in just four ODIs and two Tests for the national side.

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