The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) now has a new president in Anurag Thakur who received full votes at the special general meeting held on 22nd May to elect the new president. The 41 year old Thakur was the only nominee for the post and now becomes one of the youngest ever presidents of the BCCI.
The new president wasted no time in informing the press that the BCCI was now accepting applications for the role of head coach and expected to close the position before the 10th of June. Along with the head coach, the board will also hire a batting coach, bowling coach and fielding coach.
The head coach role of the Indian cricket team is one of the most sought after positions in world cricket but also the most challenging. The position is expected to attract applications from both domestic and international candidates but there is a strong possibility that the BCCI will go with an international candidate as has been the case for the last decade and a half.
Some of the candidates that could be suitable for the role of head coach include
Stephen Fleming: The former New Zealand captain has been known to be an excellent tactician of the game. Fleming has gained a lot of experience as a coach in India working with the Chennai Super Kings franchise and with ODI and T20 captain MS Dhoni.
Daniel Vettori: Another former New Zealand captain who would be a good candidate even though he has lesser coaching experience than his former team-mate Stephen Fleming. Vettori who coaches the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise where Virat Kohli is the captain might have an edge over the rest of the competition as Kohli has recommended him for the head coach role.
Tom Moody: The Australian has coached Sri Lanka in the past and is also the coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise. Moody has immense experience as a coach but is not a front runner for the job.
Rahul Dravid: The legendary Indian batsman is now devoting his time to coaching the India A side and the U19 side. Dravid has not fully committed to the role of India head coach and left it up in the air saying it would depend on a lot of factors.
Shane Warne: The Aussie great has often said that he would love to coach the Indian side. There is no doubt that he is a master tactician and one of the best readers of the game. However given his extensive business interests, it is highly unlikely that he would be a serious contender.