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Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody amongst the other six to be interviewed for the top job

Out of the ten applicants, 6 will be interviewed by the CAC.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri. (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The time is set for the hunt of the new Indian coach, with ten applicants on board out of which six would be interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) in Mumbai at 1 pm IST on Monday, July 10. The ten shortlisted candidates are Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Craig McDermott, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma, Lalchand Rajput, Phil Simmons, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh and Richard Pybus.

Out of these men, the six that are to be interviewed are Sehwag, Pybus, Rajput, Shastri, Simmons and Moody. The CAC is expected to name the new coach by Monday evening ahead of the series against Sri Lanka. The interviews, which will be conducted by the CAC – Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman for the selection of the head coach, will start from 1 PM in Mumbai.

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According to India Today, they were initially scheduled to start at 12:30 pm but Sachin Tendulkar, who is in London, had requested for an 8:30 am start London time.

Ravi Shastri, the front-runner for the position

The message from the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the CAC and the selection panel is that the captain and the coach should not find it difficult to get along, which makes for the former Team Indian director Ravi Shastri the most suitable candidate. The right-handed opener Sehwag remains as the second favourite for the top job.

Anil Kumble’s tenure lasted exactly for a year after skipper Virat Kohli had differences in the style. In a statement, hours after tendering his resignation, Kumble said that he was told by the Indian board that Kohli was not satisfied with his ‘style of coaching’.

The tenure of the next coach will be till the World Cup 2019 and considering how important this the time leading into the tournament is the CAC, as well as BCCI, will want to pick a candidate who the players are already comfortable with.

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