New Delhi: Former all-rounder Robin Singh appeared first for the interview as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), led by former captain Kapil Dev, began the process to choose India’s next men’s coach on Friday.
Singh, a former Mumbai Indians coach, appeared before the three-member panel, which comprises of the country’s first cricket World Cup-wining skipper Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and former women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy.
The CAC will announce the selected candidate later this evening.
Six names — incumbent Ravi Shastri, Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput, Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Phil Simmons — have been shortlisted for the high-profile position.
Robin Singh was followed by Lalchand Rajput, who was the team’s manager when it won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.
The CAC members, on arrival, side-stepped questions on whether Shastri is a clear favourite to retain the job.
Shastri, who got a 45-day extension after the end of his tenure following the World Cup in England, has been publicly backed by captain Virat Kohli.
Before leaving for the tour of West Indies, captain Virat Kohli had said that he is in favour of Shastri continuing as the head coach of the Indian team despite the criticism he faced following the semi-final ouster from the World Cup cricket.
India may have failed to win the T20 World Cup in 2016 and the ODI World Cup in 2015 and 2019, but the Shastri-Kohli duo helped the country climb to the top of the Test rankings with a historic series triumph in Australia.
Shastri was the team director until June 2016 when India lost in the World T20 semi-finals before being reappointed as head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble’s departure.
The current support staff comprising Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the ongoing West Indies tour from 3rd August to 3rd September.