The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited fresh applications for the head coach and support staff of the India men’s cricket team. The current support staff comprising head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R. Sridhar – who were given a 45-day contract extension following the World Cup – will get an automatic entry in the recruitment process. All of them can reapply but the team is set to have a new trainer and physio after the departure of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart respectively following India’s semifinal exit in the World Cup. Mumbai Mirror has reported that Jonty Rhodes has applied for the post of fielding coach in the Indian Cricket Team.
Jonty Rhodes has been widely regarded as the best fielder the Cricket fraternity has ever seen. His fielding skills was unmatched and he is the only player in cricket history to win The Man Of The Match Award solely due to his fielding.The former South African player entering in to the list of applicants is set to give tough competition to others along with R. Sridhar who has re-applied for the post. Under Sridhar, Indian fielding has had massive improvements and currently India is one of the best fielding sides in the world. Hence there is a strong posibility that R. Sridhar will retain his Job, but with the entry of Jhonty, it is going to be a tough battle.
The BCCI issued a three-point eligibility criteria for the roles of head coach and batting, bowling and fielding coach, which covers age, playing experience and coaching experience. Each of these roles requires someone below the age of 60 with international experience of two years or domestic experience of three years. The head coach applicant should have played a minimium of 30 Test matches or 50 ODIs, while the batting, bowling and fielding coaches should have played 10 Test matches or 25 ODI.
The process to appoint new coaches will begin soon. The present coaching staff will be travelling to West Indies for the series as it was given an extension for 45 days.