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Jermaine Blackwood
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Phil Simmons Credits Jermaine Blackwood’s Incredible Batting For Their Southampton Test Victory

While West Indies won the first Test of the ongoing three-match Test series against the hosts England, the Caribbean Head Coach Phil Simmons credited their fourth innings hero Jermaine Blackwood for their four-wicket victory.

That Southampton Test was also the resume chapter of the international cricket, which was forced to stop after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic since last March. After the Caribbean skipper Jason Holder (6/42) and Shannon Gabriel (4/62) dominated during the first innings of this Test as England were bundled out for just 204 runs, the Caribbean team replied with 318 runs with the lead of 114 runs.

Later, Shannon Gabriel’s fifer (5/75) helped the Caribbean team to all out the hosts again for 313 runs. Chasing down the 200 runs target, once the visitors were struggling on 27/3, along with their opening batsman John Campbell’s retired hurt. However, Jermaine Blackwood fought brilliantly from that situation along with Roston Chase (37) and Shane Dowrich (20), and his 95 runs knock helped the Caribbean team to win that match by four wickets as they chased down the 200 runs target after losing six wickets.

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Jermaine Blackwood (Image Credit: AFP)

It was only Blackwood’s second Test since October 2017. Caribbean Head Coach Phil Simmons praised right-handed middle-order batsman Blackwood for his incredible batting performance in the most crucial time.

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Phil-Simmons (Image Credit: Twitter)


Simmons said according to ESPNcricinfo, “I think he must be commended because he has worked very hard on trying to get that temperament right for each part of his innings. As we saw in the first innings, it was still there a bit, but in the second he controlled it a lot better. And that helped him to bring home the game for us.”

After playing 29 Tests, Blackwood has scored 1469 runs with an average of 31.25. His latest 95 runs knock was his first Test fifty since August 2017. At present, he has scored 605 runs in seven Tests against England with an average of 55.00.

Jermaine Blackwood looked at the situation and played it as well as he could have: Phil Simmons

Simmons feels that Blackwood’s mindset is improving, which is important to stretch his international career.

Jermaine Blackwood, Southampton Test
Jermaine Blackwood. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for ECB)


The Caribbean coach added, “Try to get him irrational, but I think he held his own. He looked at the situation and played it as well as he could have. So that shows that his mindset is improving, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Jermaine Blackwood, who made his Test debut in June 2014, he also played two ODIs in late 2015 where he managed to score a total of 11 runs.


Phil Simmons Waiting For The Winner Between Virat Kohli and Kesrick Williams Rivalry

Mumbai will face an adventurous match between West Indies and India. The two teams will play the decider match of the series on Wednesday (December 11) at Wankhede Stadium. Apart from the game, the cricket fanatics are waiting to see the banter between Virat Kohli and Kesrick Williams. In their on-field battles in the last two T20Is, the two cricketers have scored one each. Ahead of the last T20I match, West Indies coach Phil Simmons has opined that it would be interesting to see that who will win between the two cricketers.

Virat Kohli mocked Williams’ celebration

In the first T20I at Hyderabad, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who remained unbeaten on 94 runs, struck boundaries on the ball of Williams. Then the skipper mocked Williams’ notebook celebration leaving the bowler in shock and a smile in his face.

However, Williams picked the wicket of the aggressive captain in the 2nd T20I at Thiruvanthapuram where the bowler had a muted celebration, apparently mimicking Virat Kohli. He tried not to fire up Virat Kohli with his unique celebration style.

Now, everyone is waiting to see who will win the rivalry game in the third and last T20I match of the series.

Virat Kohli, Kesrick Williams, Phil Simmons

It all started in 2017 when India toured the Caribbean to play ODI and T20I series. In the T20I series, Williams celebrated the wicket of Indian skipper with his unique tick in the notebook celebration in Jamaica.

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has said about the rivalry between the two cricketers. He is looking forward to seeing who will win between Virat Kohli and Kesrick Williams in the last T20I match.

“The banter has been good; it has been interesting because they are 1-1 now because he [Virat] got Kesrick in the first match and Kesrick got him in the second. Let’s see who wins it tomorrow [Wednesday],” Phil Simmons said.

Meanwhile, the Caribbean players showed a good cricket in the second T20I match. The unpredictable team can be dangerous in Mumbai with Kieron Pollard, the Mumbai Indians (MI) player, knowing how to play a match-winning game at Wankhede. Virat Kohli and co. will have to work hard to pick the wicket of visitors.

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Windies Head Coach Phil Simmons Reveals Present Fitness Of Faiban Allen

Windies are getting ready for the final T20I of the three-match away T20I series against the hosts India that will be played on Wednesday (11th December) at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). A day ahead of this series decider, Windies head coach Phil Simmons has revealed the present fitness status of Fabian Allen along with his availability for the upcoming match.

Windies are the only side who have won more than one ICC World T20 trophy as they have won it twice (2012 and 2016). Moreover, they will feature in the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup (2020) as the defending champions. However, the Caribbean side is currently not in the form in this shortest format. Windies have the worst T20I experiences in the running year as they have won only twice out of 11 T20Is in 2019 while they have suffered nine T20I defeats this year.

After getting behind in the ongoing T20I series, Windies players performed remarkably in the last T20I at Thiruvananthapuram where their victory has kept alive them in this series. While they restricted the hosts to 170/7 (20 overs), they chased down the target n 18.3 overs after losing just two wickets. Earlier, in the first game of this series, the visitors failed to defend 207 runs (207/5) at Hyderabad.

As the T20I series is currently struggling by 1-1, the third and final match of this series is going to be the series decider. While Windies have tough luck in this year’s T20Is, they are desperate to finish this year with a solid victory as it will be the last T20I in 2019 for both the sides.

It is a big miss for us because Fabian Allen is an exciting player – Phil Simmons

Fabian Allen
Fabian Allen (Image Credit: Google)

On Tuesday (10th December), Windies head coach Phil Simmons has revealed the latest fitness status of the 24-year-old left-arm spinner Fabian Allen. While he is recovering from the knee injury, Simmons has clarified that Allen will be unavailable for the Mumbai T20I as he is still not fit enough to play the match.

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Phil Simmons (Image Credit: Google)

Simmons claimed, “He (Allen) is still not fit enough to play tomorrow. He is coming along, he is getting there, but he is not fit enough for tomorrow. It is a big miss for us because he is an exciting player.”

Fabian Allen played his last cricket match during the T20I series opener of the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan at Lucknow in last November. Later, he missed out that remaining series due to the knee injury.

Fabian Allen, Phil Simmons, Windies
Fabian Allen (Image Credit: Google)

Since his international debut in October 2018, Fabian Allen has played 12 ODIs and 11 T20Is where he has picked up four and nine wickets respectively.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard. PTI Photo

Kieron Pollard’s Wankhede IPL Experience Will Benefit Windies Bowlers – Phil Simmons

The West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said the team’s captain Kieron Pollard’s experience of playing at the Wankhede Stadium will benefit their bowlers. Pollard is associated with Mumbai Indians since the IPL 2010 and he has played a lot of cricket at the franchise’s home ground. Consequently, when Pollard-led West Indies will take on India in the all-important decider at the same stadium, his team will definitely benefit from his experience.

Pollard has become a better player after plying on his trade for the Mumbai Indians and he would hope that his experience of playing at Wankhede Stadium comes good in the decider. The series is 1-1 and both the teams have everything to play for at the iconic stadium.

Kieron Pollard. Credits: BCCI Twitter

Pollard is leading his troops with aplomb.

“(Kieron) Pollard has played a lot at this venue, the others have not played that much. I think the experience which they have got from here is invaluable and especially the captain (Pollard), as he has been here for 10 years,” Simmons said in the pre-match press conference here.

“He knows things inside out and that will definitely help our bowlers mainly, there are a few youngsters in this format. It will definitely help,” he added.

On the other hand, both the teams have been sloppy in the field as they have dropped catches. Simmons believes that there should be no excuses and you need to get better in the field especially in the format like T20.

Fielding has been below par.

“You will not win games if you drop them. The players will have to tell you if it is the lights or whether it is their execution or their position,” he said.

“…I do not like excuses. I think if you drop a catch it is your fault. You can blame the lights but I think we just have to keep working hard so we do not drop any,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard recently replaced Jason Holder as the West Indies white-ball captain. Simmons added that Pollard gets the best out of his players and gives them the freedom to play their natural game.

Pollard is getting the best out of his players.

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Phil Simmons. Twitter.

“I didn’t have Jason (Holder) a lot in the ODIs when I was there (as a coach) before. Kieron (Pollard) is proactive with all the players. He lets them know exactly what he wants from them. He’s been good in the sense that they know that he’ll give everything for the team,” Simmons said.

On the other side, the banter between Virat Kohli and Kesrick Williams has been a good one. Virat Kohli had checked his notebook to give a taste of his own medicine to Williams in the first T20I. Subsequently, Williams had a quiet celebration when he got the better of the Indian captain in the second match.

“The banter has been good, it has been interesting because they are 1-1 now because he (Virat) got Kesrick in the first match and Kesrick got him in the second. Let’s see who wins it tomorrow (match-day),” he said.

The decider will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tomorrow.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Getty Images)

West Indies Coach Phil Simmons Gives Strange Ideas To Pick The Wicket Of Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli-led Indian team is getting ready to play the T20I and ODI series against West Indies. The home series will start with the first T20I match scheduled in Hyderabad on 6th December. This will be the second time this year that the two teams will face each other in T20I and ODI series. Earlier, when India toured Caribbean land in August-September, the host lost the series across all the formats.

In August, Virat Kohli and Co. had badly defeated the Windies as they managed to clean sweep them in T20I and Test series and also won the three-match ODI series by 2-0. During that tour, Virat Kohli scored 106 runs in three T20I matches and he was the highest scorer in the ODI with 234 runs. To pick the wicket of Virat Kohli will be a difficult task for the visitors in the forthcoming limited-overs series.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google)

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has suggested some ways to tackle Virat Kohli in the field. He believes that to pick the wicket of the Indian skipper is a tough task. Simmons said that the best strategy would be to let Kohli have a century and bowl at the rest of the batsmen.

“One, I can make him (Kohli) bat with a stump. Two, we can sign a book and in the ODIs, we can give him a 100 and bowl at the rest of the players or we can make sure that our plans to him are spot on,” said Simmons.

Virat Kohli, Phil Simmons, West Indies
Phil Simmons (Image Credit: Google)

We can make sure that the bowlers don’t get too scared of Virat Kohli – Phil Simmons

It looks that every country faces difficulty to dismiss the swashbuckling batsman. Simons has another different approach to bowl out skipper. His next idea is that two bowlers can bowl at the same time to pick the wicket of the star batsman.

“We can make sure that the bowlers don’t get too scared of him. But in the end, maybe two can bowl at him at the same time. You never know what can happen but it’s a difficult proposition to get Virat Kohli out,” he added.

Phil Simmons (Image Credit: Google)

Phil Simmons Impressed To See India’s Remarkable Growth In Fast Bowling

Former West Indies cricketer and present head coach of the West Indies cricket team, Phil Simmons is very much impressed with the present generation of the Indian fast bowlers.

In past, Indian cricket was mostly known for their batting and spin-bowling. For a long time, India had disappointed in the fast bowling contest with the world. But in the 21st century, the situation has widely changed in Indian cricket. Slowly but steadily, the Indian cricket has grown up the quality fast bowlers with developing skills. Now, they have the top-quality pace-bowlers who also remain in international cricket for a long time.

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is the present no.1-ranked ODI and no.5-ranked Test bowler.

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Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Google)

Apart from him, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav etc. have also impressed the world cricket with their fast bowling skills. This dominating show is going on consistently, especially in the last 2-3 years.

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Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav (Photo: BCCI)

It’s exciting for world cricket – Phil Simmons

In the recent historic day/night pink-ball Test match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata), the Indian pacers Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav once again showed their dominance with the ball. The Indian pacers took 19 wickets in that home Test while the Indian spinners didn’t manage to pick up at least one wicket in their limited opportunities.

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Phil Simmons (Image Credit: Google)

Talking about the fast bowling evolution in Indian cricket, Phil Simmons said according to ESPNcricinfo, “I can’t say how long ago, but when I first came here, you would have Madan Lal opening the bowling.

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Madan Lal (Image Credit: Google)

“Now you have guys bowling at 90 miles per hour opening and your premier fast bowler (Bumrah) was injured for this Test, so you still have him to come back. It’s exciting for world cricket.

“Teams know now that you have to play properly on both sides – you have to have proper fast bowlers and proper spinners to beat India. Fast bowling from anybody is exciting, so it’s great to see that happen.”

It was exciting to see Eden Gardens full – West Indies head coach

Phil Simmons watched the first day of that historic day/night Eden Gardens Test match which ran in a jam-packed stadium. He is very happy to see the crowd appearances in that Test match.

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Eden Gardens was full every day during the historic day/night Test between India and Bangladesh (Image Credit: Google)

Simmons said, “I did watch the first day. It was exciting to see Eden Gardens full. It’s an awesome sight.”

Phil Simmons likes Virat Kohli‘s strong supportive view on the Test cricket.

Phil Simmons, fast bowling, India

He quoted on this point, “I think Virat hit the nail on the head when he said we have to promote Test cricket as hard as we promote T20. Even though T20 has more money involved, we have to promote it the same way. I think if that’s done, we can see a resurgence of big crowds in Test cricket anywhere you go in the world.”

Phil Simmons and his West Indies team are currently at Lucknow where they are playing the full international series against Afghanistan. While the Caribbean side won the ODI series (by 3-0), they lost the T20I series (2-1) against Afghanistan. From Wednesday (27th November), they will play the only Test against Afghanistan.

After this Test, Phil Simmons’ boys will play three T20Is and three ODIs against the hosts India from 6th to 22nd December.

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Phil Simmons (Image Credit: Google)

Phil Simmons Returns As Head Coach Of Windies Men’s Cricket Team

Former Caribbean cricketer Phil Simmons has returned as the Head Coach of the Windies cricket team. Simmons previously worked for Windies in the same role between 2015 and 2016.

On Monday (14th October), Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced the name of the new Head Coach of men’s international team. Along with Desmond Haynes and Floyd Reifer, Phil Simmons was the final three shortlisted candidates for this role. Simmons will work for this team for the next four years.

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The 56-year-old Phil Simmons is a very experienced and reputed coach in international cricket. After the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Simmons joined as the Head Coach of this Caribbean side. Under his tenure, they achieved some memorable successes, including winning the ICC World T20 2016. It was the second World T20 trophy for Windies and became the first team to win this trophy for more than once.

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Windies cricket team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

However, in September 2016, the board removed Simmons citing “differences in cultural and strategic approach”.

After then, Windies struggled in international cricket as they failed to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as well as failed to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. However, later, they secured their qualification for CWC 2019 after finishing as the runners-up in the ICC CWC Qualifier 2018.

In the CWC 2019, Windies little bit impressed under the interim coach Floyd Reifer. However, they didn’t achieve the proper result as Windies finished in the ninth position. In that tournament, Windies won only two matches out of nine games and earned five points (also one no result).

CWI members are confident on Phil Simmons

Ricky Skerritt, the CWI President, is confident about their recent selection for the head coach post of the men’s team.

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Phil Simmons (Image Credit: Google)

Skerritt claimed in the media release, “Bringing Phil Simmons back is not just righting a past wrong, but I am confident that CWI has chosen the right man for the job at the right time. I want to also thank the very talented Floyd Reifer for the hard work he put in while he was the interim coach.”

Phil Simmons also played the Head Coach roles for Ireland and Afghanistan. Under his coaching, those international teams achieved massive success.

Recently, Simmons applied for the Head Coach post of Indian men’s national cricket team. He was one of the members of the final five shortlisted candidates for that post. However, he withdrew during the final interview process.

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Simmons’ first assignment for the latest role will be Windies tour of India where they will play against Afghanistan and India. At first, Windies will play three T20Is, three ODIs and only Test against Afghanistan between 5th November and 1st December 2019. Later, Windies will play three T20Is and three ODIs against India from 6th to 22nd December 2019.

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Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. (Credits - Twitter)

BCCI To Announce The Head Coach Today At 7 PM

Today at 7 PM, BCCI will announce the Indian men’s cricket team Head Coach to handover over the future of India Cricket team. The six candidates Shortlisted by BCCI have been interviewed today by Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) from 10:30 am at BCCI’s Headquarter.

CAC comprising of former India cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will select the apt candidate among the six shortlisted candidates.

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The six shortlisted candidates are Tom Moody, Mike Hesson, Ravi Shastri, Phil Simmons, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput.

However, the CAC will not make the final selection. It will rank the candidates according to their merits and preferences.

BCCI said that there was a total of 2000 applications for the post of India head coach and the support staff, including the administrative manager of the team. In which merely Six were shortlisted for the head coach interview.

BCCI has to settle on the minimum requirement they had initially advertised for the head coach. The measure remains the same for batting, bowling and fielding coach except for the number of games played. Mike Hesson and Lalchand Rajput are the two for which BCCI has to sacrifice the minimum criteria of ‘minimum of 30 Tests or 50 ODIs played’.

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Mike Hesson was the former coach of New Zealand. He made the team to fight first time in finals in 2015 ODI World Cup. But he had never played international cricket. Rajput was the manager of India cricket team during 2007 world cup. Under His Coaching, Afganistan wins over West Indies for the first time.

Tom Moody, Mike Hesson and Phil Simmons are the three foreign coaches. BCCI has not been in approval of foreign coaches.

Ravi Shastri may lead

Ravi Shastri may lead. Captain Virat Kohli wholeheartedly accepts him. Shastri is the first Coach under which India team has retained the position of No.1 in Test ranking. He has played the role of director with head coach Fletcher in 2014.

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Speaking purely from the results perspective, he (Shastri) has done quite well. So, besides Ravi, all other positions (in the coaching and support staff) in my opinion are open depending on who is applying, their credentials and whether they meet the criteria of the BCCI,” Gaekwad had told Mid-Day.

Present India’s men cricket staff, including Head Coach Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar, was granted 45-days extension period for India Tour with West Indies. Shastri will give his interview at 4 pm through skype as he is with team India.

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Ravi Shastri. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Profile Details Of Six Shortlisted-Candidates Who Are Facing Interviews For India’s Head Coach Post

On Friday (16th August), the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is interviewing the head coach post for the India men’s national cricket team in Mumbai.

Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy are the members of the newly-formed CAC. They are taking the interviews of the six candidates, which were shortlisted by the BCCI. After this interview, the CAC members will rank the candidates. Soon, the BCCI will take the final decision of the head coach of the Indian national cricket team.

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Here are brief profile details of the six coaching candidates.

Lalchand Rajput

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Lalchand Rajput (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The 57-year-old former Indian cricketer Lalchand Rajput played for India in two Tests and four ODIs from January 1985 to March 1987.

Lalchand Rajput started his big coaching career as the coach of the Indian national cricket team. He was also the Joint Honorary Secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association.

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In 2007, he was the manager of Indian national cricket team. Under that tenure, India won the inaugural ICC World T20 2007 and the ODI tri-series trophy in Australia (2007/08).

In the inaugural IPL (2008), Rajput was the coach of Mumbai Indians (MI). He faced controversy in that season when he was caught laughing during the slapping incident by Harbhajan Singh to S Sreesanth after a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Later, he paid 50% fine of his match fee.

Lalchand Rajput coached Afghanistan national cricket team from June 2016 to August 2017. In this period, Afghanistan beat the West Indies in an ODI on the Caribbean soil. Since May 2018, Rajput is the head coach of Zimbabwe national cricket team.

In the recently concluded Global T20 Canada 2019, he was the head coach of Winnipeg Hawks.

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BCCI Announces The Interview Date For The Head Coach Post After Shortlisting Candidates

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed the names of six shortlisted candidates who will give the interview for the head coach post of the India national cricket team. The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will take this interview on 16th August.

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These shortlisted candidates are Tom Moody, Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput, Mike Hesson, Phil Simmons and the present India team head coach Ravi Shastri.

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Ravi Shastri is the present head coach of India national cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

Meanwhile, Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy are the members of CAC. They will conduct the interview process on 16th August from morning to 5:30 pm. All the six interviews will be held in Mumbai, but all the candidates have got different time slots. However, some of the overseas coaches will present in the interview via video call.

Ultimately, BCCI will decide the Indian head coach

The CAC members will rank the candidates after the interview. Later, the BCCI will take the final decision based on availability and other conditions.

A senior BCCI official told CricketNext on Monday, “The board have finalised a list of six names based on their experience and qualifications for the post. All the six interviews will be held in Mumbai with different time slots for all the six candidates. The interviews will begin in morning and will go on till 5:30pm in the evening on August 16.

“Shastri is the automatic entry into this process like the rest of the support staff. The CAC will probably rank all the candidates, so BCCI can choose the final candidate on the basis of availability and other conditions. The final decision on how many names will finally be offered to BCCI will be decided by the CAC on the day of the interview.

“Some of the overseas candidates may not be able to attend the meeting, so they would connect with the panel via video call.”

After the conclusion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, the BCCI invited the application for the coach and support staff roles. As per the media reports, the BCCI has received more than 2,000 applications. Now, the BCCI has shortlisted the interview candidates.

Brief details of the candidates

Ravi Shastri is the present head coach of the India national cricket team. After the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Shastri has taken this role. He had the initial contract until the end of the CWC 2019. After India finished their journey in the semi-final of CWC 2019, Shastri has earned a 45-day extension for this position.

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However, recently, the Indian captain Virat Kohli has backed Ravi Shastri.

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Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri (Image Credit: Google)

The other shortlisted candidates also have very good coaching experiences. Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons played the head coach roles for Afghanistan national cricket team and West Indies cricket team.

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Phil Simmons (Image Credit: Google)

Lalchand Rajput served as the manager of India national cricket team from 2007 to 2008. During that term, India won the ICC World T20 2007. Rajput also coached Afghanistan and Zimbabwe national cricket teams.

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Lalchand Rajput (Image Credit: Google)

Robin Singh has vast experiences in coaching. He was the fielding coach of India national cricket team from 2007 to 2008. Also, he was the coach of India U19, Hong Kong, India A, United States etc. He also played the several coaching roles for the IPL teams Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians.

Robin Singh,
Robin Singh (Image Credit: Google)

Mike Hesson was one of the successful coaches of New Zealand national cricket team history. Earlier, he also taught Argentina and Kenya national cricket teams. In IPL 2019, Hesson was the head coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

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Mike Hesson (Image Credit: Google)

Tom Moody was the former head coach of Sri Lanka national cricket team. In his long coaching experiences, Moody also trained the IPL teams Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

Tom Moody
Tom Moody (Image Credit: Getty Images)

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