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India begin process for selection of head coach

India begin process for selection of head coach
Ravi Shastri is among the front-runners for the Indian coaching job.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has begun the process of selecting a new head coach for the Indian team and has invited candidates to apply for the role.

Newly-elected BCCI president Anurag Thakur also confirmed that the last date for the applications will be 10th June.

"We will advertise for the post of coach today," Thakur said.

"And by June 10 anyone who is willing to take up post of coach they can apply to the BCCI.

"The candidate will be finalised after that."

This timeline means it is expected that an interim appointment will be made for India’s tour of Zimbabwe in June while a permanent candidate will take over for the tour of the West Indies that follows in July.

Thakur further elaborated that the main ambition of the BCCI is to make India the number one ranked side in all forms of the game.

"Currently our team is No. 2 in Test and T20 and No. 4 in ODIs and women’s cricket," he said.

"We will take every step or whatever is possible to make Team India No.1 in all forms of cricket."

A new coach is high on the BCCI's agenda after contracts of the previous coaching team of Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar expired after the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Reasoning that having an open process of application will the best candidate for the job, Thakur said that previous coaches are also eligible to apply.

"If you have to go for the best you can’t go with limited choices. So we are keeping it open.

"Of course, yes. It is open for everyone whether (it is) the current support staff, (or) from outside India or within India, anyone who is keen to be a coach with Indian team or take other responsibilities - bowling, batting, fielding coach or the head coach - all these positions would be available."

Newly appointed BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said that the open process of calling for applications for the role of the coach was to make the appointment process transparent.

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