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Ravi Shasti submits application for India head coach before July 9 deadline; Sehwag, Phil Simmons other names

Ravi Shasti submits application for India head coach before July 9 deadline; Sehwag, Phil Simmons other names – The CAC comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman will conduct interviews on July 10

Ravi Shastri submitted his application way ahead of the July 9 deadline

Ravi Shastri has become the frontrunner for the India head coach job after he formally submitted his application to the BCCI.

A senior BCCI official confirmed to PTI that Shastri has submitted his application ahead of the July 9 deadline.

The interviews will be conducted the following day by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar.

“Yes, Ravi has applied and so has Phil Simmons,” the official said.

It has also been learnt that former West Indies all- rounder and coach, who has a vast experience in the role, too has applied for the high-profile job.

The others who have thrown their hat into the ring are Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Venkatesh Prasad, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput.

Shastri, who has served as Indian team director from August 2014 to June 2016, shares a healthy rapport with the players including captain Virat Kohli.

It remains to be seen how the CAC will consider Shastri’s case considering Ganguly backed Kumble over the former Indian all-rounder when the coach was picked last year.

Irrespective of who gets the job, it will big shoes to will considering the team did well under Kumble, winning the Test series against the West Indies, Australia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh before reaching the Champions Trophy final last month.

However, serious differences between captain Kohli and coach led the acrimonious exit of Kumble and Kohli.

During Shastri’s tenure, India won limited overs series series away against England in 2014, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and World T20 (2015 and 2016 respectively), won away Test series against Sri Lanka, home series against South Africa and T20 away series against Australia.

Another contender Simmons, has coached the West Indies, Ireland and also had a stint with Afghanistan.

However, according to a report in Deccan Chronicle, Sehwag’s outspoken behaviour might go against him.

“Yes, Viru is outspoken on social media,” a BCCI source told the newspaper, “But then, if he is appointed, he would be instructed to keep his mouth shut. Our fear is that he would just say, ‘so what?’, if India loses a match or a series. That would surely ruffle the feathers of important people.

Apart from Sehwag, former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri, former Australian fast bowler and Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, former Indian cricketers Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput have applied for the job.

Former West Indies cricketer Phil Simmons, has emerged out as the latest candidate to have send his application to the Indian board.

Keeping in mind the fact that Shastri’s stint with the Indian squad as the director of the team was a successful one, and also considering his proximity with skipper Virat Kohli, the Mumbai batsman has emerged as the favourite to become Anil Kumble’s successor.

Not to forget, Shastri contract extension could not be materialised last year, as he was replaced by Kumble, who bowled over the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) during the interview process to seal the top job.

With PTI Inputs