A total of 10 candidates had applied for the post of India’s cricket coach. But the list was further trimmed down to six. Their future now lies in hands of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). It comprises of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman and they will meet in Mumbai on Monday to scrutinize candidates for the high-profile job of India’s coach. Former team director Ravi Shastri has emerged as the front runner. The BCCI received 10 applications – from Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma (Oman national team coach), Phil Simmons and Upendranath Bramhachari (engineer with no cricketing background). It is learnt that the CAC will interview six of these 10 candidates. As per sources, the six likely candidates are Shastri, Sehwag, Moody, Simmons, Pybus and Rajput. Klusener, as of now, may be kept on standby but has very little or no chance of getting the job.The position for the coach had fallen vacant after Anil Kumble resigned from the post before the West Indies tour due to what seemed like differences in the dressing room. Shastri had initially not applied for the post but when the BCCI extended the deadline to accept applications till July 9, the former India captain jumped into the fray and suddenly became the hot favourite. Given his cordial equation with captain Virat Kohli, Shastri, who had a successful tenure as team director with India reaching the 2015 World Cup semi-final, is the favorite.
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