India's next coach: Moody, Simmons in shortlist of six along with Shastri

Who is Shastri’s competition? A look at the coaching credentials of BCCI’s shortlisted candidates

After over 2000 applications, BCCI has shortlisted six candidates for the post of the Indian men's cricket team head coach. The BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee, headed by Kapil Dev, will convene in Mumbai to conduct the interviews before making their decision.

The Australian has rich coaching experience and his pedigree makes him one of the favourites to bag the job. The New Zealander is expected in Mumbai for an interview. Hesson coached the Black Caps for six years, highlighted by their memorable run to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, a semifinal finish at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India and a home Test series win over England in April 2018 which lifted them to third on the world rankings.

Hesson, now 44, has spent literally half his life as a coach, starting with a seven-year apprenticeship with the Otago cricket team in New Zealand.

He also served as Kings XI Punjab head coach for one season in IPL-12 before resigning earlier this month.

Following the 2015 World Cup, Simmons replaced former Caribbean fast bowler Ottis Gibson as the head coach of the West Indies cricket team. He was also the coach of the Windies' side that won the T20 World Cup in 2016.

Even Tom Moody also parted ways from Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL.

Simmons began his coaching career with the Zimbabwe cricket team in 2004. In 2006, Robin was named as the coach of the India A cricket team before serving as the fielding coach of the national side from 2007 to 2009. He took over as the Kiwi coach in 2012 from John Wright after a short stint with the Kenyan national team. He was then appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians in 2010 and now, is the fielding coach of the franchise. He coached the Khulna Division cricket team in the Bangladesh Premier League, where he helped Dwayne Smith and Andre Russell further their cricket skills. At the franchise level, he has been on the coaching team of the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.

Confirming the updates, a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India, "These six will give presentation for head coach before CAC".

While the names of Moody, who has rich coaching pedigree in global cricket [Sri Lanka] as well as in the franchise circuit [Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, for example], and Hesson, formerly head coach with New Zealand and Kings XI, have been doing the rounds, Simmons is seen as a late entrant.

While Hesson is the former New Zealand coach, Moody was a part of Sri Lanka team.

He was the batting coach for Afghanistan national cricket team and later on was appointed as the head coach in 2017.

Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri, who is the current coach of the Indian men's cricket team, appeared in a total of 150 ODIs and 80 Test matches for the national side before a knee injury started affecting his game and he decide to bid adieu to cricket at the age of 30.

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