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BCCI hunting for a new manager for the Indian Cricket Team

13 applications are shortlisted, and these will be interviewed on Tuesday.

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The Indian cricket board has been on a hunting spree for quite some time now. Ever since the fallout between former India head coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli, following which Kumble resigned, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was in search of a new coach. The appointment needed considerable time because the new coach had to be trusted with India’s fortunes until the 2019 World Cup.

India played West Indies without a head coach, days after which Ravi Shastri, among other applicants like Tom Moody and Virender Sehwag was appointed as the head coach for the next two years. Soon began the hunting spree for the extended coaching support, and after a lot of confusion and suspension, former India bowling coach Bharat Arun was re-appointed for the same post, while Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar will continue to remain in their posts as batting and fielding coaches respectively.

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And now, the board seems to be on yet another hunt – that of a new team manager. It has been reported by Mumbai Mirror that names like Subramaniam Iyer, Milind Saban, Arman Malik, Vijendra Yadav, Pritam Gandhe and Prakash Bhat have applied for the post of the team’s manager. However, the board does not seem to find any of these candidates suitable. The newspaper also wrote that 13 applications are shortlisted, and these will be interviewed on Tuesday.

No India international in the fray 

Even after another few are shortlisted following the interviews, the BCCI can object their appointment if they think they are not suited for the post. “That is also an option,” a key functionary was quoted as saying. “If we are not satisfied with the candidates, what can we do?”

Of all the aforementioned names, not even one has played international cricket and that is the trick. The report further stated that Anil Patel, former team India manager’s application was also rejected.

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