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Five candidates who can replace Ravi Shastri as the Indian Cricket team head coach

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shortlisted six candidates including the incumbent Ravi Shastri for the post of Indian Cricket team head coach whose interviews will be held on August 16

Five candidates who can replace Ravi Shastri as the Indian Cricket team head coach

The Indian Cricket team will have an announcement made on Monday regarding their head coach as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shortlisted six potential candidates for the position. This consists of former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, ex-Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, former West Indies all-rounder and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, ex-India team manager Lalchand Rajput, former India fielding coach Robin Singh and the incumbent head coach, Ravi Shastri.

Accordingly, the candidates will be interviewed on August 16, Friday by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by the former Indian great Kapil Dev, and a final decision will be made at the end of this week or early next week.

Along with Kapil Dev, the newly-appointed committee consists of Anshuman Gaekwad and former women's team captain Shantha Rangaswamy.

While Indian skipper Virat Kohli has voiced his opinion stating that Shastri should continue as the head coach, here are the five other candidates who will be in contention for the spot:

Mike Hesson

Mike Hesson, a former New Zealand cricketer had recently parted ways with IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab. Previously, Hesson had coached the Black Caps for six years, i.e. 2012-2018, highlighted by their memorable run to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, a semifinal finish at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India.

Hesson has also coached the Kenya Cricket team previously for a year during 2011-12.

Tom Moody

Tom Moody is a former Australian all-rounder amd has been a coach with the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the past six years. The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise won the title under him in 2016 and were runners-up in 2018.

Phil Simmons

Phil Simmons, the former Caribbean has had successful stints with Ireland and Afghanistan cricket teams previously and now is in the contention for the position now.

Simmons also served West Indies for a brief while, helping them to victory in the 2016 World T20 tournament in India before taking over as head coach of the Afghanistan national team in 2017.

Lalchand Rajput

Lalchand Rajput has previously been associated with the Indian cricket team as he was the head coach of the team when it won the World T20. The Indian cricketer also had stints with Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

Robin Singh

Robin Singh, who is a former Indian cricketer had served as the fielding coach of the Indian team when it won the inaugural World T20 under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy in 2007. 

The current head coach, Shastri was the team director till June 2016 until India lost in the World T20 semi-finals before being reappointed as head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble's departure.

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