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

Ravi Shastri is the frontrunner to bag the role

A total of six candidates viz Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Phil Simmons, Mike Hesson, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput are all set to compete for the high-profile job of team India's head coach.

The candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by the legendary Kapil Dev, and a final decision will be arrived at by end of this week or early next week.

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.

He then joined as the Mumbai Indians head coach in 2010 and he is now the fielding coach of the franchise.

While current coach Shastri got automatic entry for the selection process and is considered favourite to retain the position, nearly everyone has a considerable amount of worldwide experience.

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.

"Shastri is the automatic entry into this process like the rest of the support staff".

Tom Moody is a former Australian all-rounder amd has been a coach with the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the past six years.

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After a disastrous first stint with Zimbabwe in 2007, he took over the Ireland team which had made noise by upsetting Pakistan and qualifying for the Super Eights at their World Cup debut.

Simmons began his coaching career with the Zimbabwe cricket team in 2004. Simmons guided Ireland to historic wins over England in the 2011 World Cup and West Indies and Zimbabwe in the 2015 edition.

Long before his success as coach, Moody had a middling global career bookended by World Cup triumphs in 1987 and 1999.

In 2016, he was appointed as the head coach of the Afghanistan national side, and saw the team become an ICC full member under his tenure.

The former Mumbai opener, who also played for India, has also coached domestic side Assam apart from a team in the T20 Mumbai League for two years.

Former New Zealand and Kenya coach Mike Hessons is also a contender for the top position. He also had a long coaching association with the Mumbai Indians.

The three overseas coaches are likely to join the committee members over video conference, while Rajput and Robin, team manager and fielding coach during India's 2007 World T20 win, are likely to be present in Mumbai for the interviews.

Under Shastri, India have not won any significant trophy and barring the series win in Australia, the team struggled in Test matches in South Africa and England and was also ousted from the 2019 World Cup when they lost to New Zealand.

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