57 apply for India head coach job
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced they have received no less than 57 applications for the vacant position of head coach.
The post has been vacant since the end of the World T20, with a number of high profile names from India and abroad being linked with the job.
Among the international names to be linked with the job have been former Bangladesh bowling coach, Heath Streak, Stuart Law and current Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie although Gillespie has since refuted claims of any application.
It is believed that Sanjay Bangar, the current caretaker coach and a member of Ravi Shastri's support staff, has not applied for the position but will reapply for the assistant coach position as soon as the BCCi advertise the post.
The confirmed applicants of high profile are Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil and Vikram Rathour, Pravin Amre, Venkatesh Prasad, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Surendra Bhave and Hrishikesh Kanithkar. Shastri was the Team director previously and Patil and Rathour currently occupy places on India's selection committee.
The BCCI has released a statement, saying: "The primary scrutiny of the applications received is now being carried out by the Office of the Honorary Secretary of the BCCI, with regards to the applicants, meeting the set eligibility criteria."
One of those criteria was the ability to communicate effectively in English and, ideally, Hindi. Current captain MS Dhoni believes that this criteria goes beyond communication to an understanding of the culture of India and Indian cricket, saying: "More than Hindi, English, one who understands our culture and our upbringing, the one who understands these sort of things, he will always be better with us,
"In the past, too, these things have been important, and the coaches who have understood us better, it has made a difference at the ground level."
The BCCI hope to have appointed a new head coach before the team leave for their tour of the West Indies in July.
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