New Delhi : The BCCI has said in a statement on Sunday that they have received a total of 57 applications from coaches within India and overseas for the post of head coach of the Indian cricket team. The deadline set by the Indian board for applying for the post was June 10, 2016. Among them, Ravi Shastri, selection committee chairman Sandeep Patil and his fellow national selector Vikram Rathour, too, have thrown their hats into the ring, along with other former India cricketers like Venkatesh Prasad, Pravin Amre, Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Hrishikesh Kanitkar.
Applications have been received from several overseas candidates as well but the BCCI remained tight-lipped on the names. Former Australia middle order batsman Stuart Law, who coached Bangladesh, reportedly too has shown interest. The BCCI release further stated that the office of the honorary secretary of the board will carry out a primary scrutiny of the applications to check whether they meet the set eligibility criteria. After this initial scrutiny, the list of candidates will be processed for further consideration.
The BCCI hasn’t set a deadline for the appointment of the head coach, but it is believed that they intend to complete the process before India’s tour of West Indies, starting July 6. The board is also expected to advertise for the recruitment of specialist coaches. At the close of the June 10, 2016, the timeline set for receiving applications for the position of the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team, BCCI has received a total of 57 applications from coaches within India and overseas.