BCCI advertises for post of India coach

There were speculations about the BCCI wanting to invite applications only from certified coaches, but it has decided not to make it mandatory. It has however explicitly said it would prefer candidates who can speak in Hindi and other regional Indian languages, hinting at opting for an Indian coach.

Ravi Shastri's contract as team director ended with the World T20 and a number of names have been linked with the Indian coaching job since then.   -  Manob Chowdhary

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday advertised for the post of head coach on its website, ten days after Anurag Thakur had announced that the BCCI would be seeking applications.

The board has made it mandatory for applicants to have experience as a coach in any ICC member country, be it at the first class or at the international level.

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There were a lot of speculations about the BCCI top brass wanting to invite applications only from certified coaches. The criteria would have meant that the recently-retired Test cricketers would become ineligible to apply, but the Board has decided not to make it a compulsory qualification.

"It is preferred that the candidate should be qualified through a certification/assessment program conducted by any of the full member countries and currently possess such a valid certification," the statement read. The word 'preferred' opens the door for all the former cricketers to apply for the post.

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The Indian board however has made it very clear that it won't entertain applications from controversial candidates. It is "mandatory that the candidate should have an impeccable personal record, devoid of any past or current disputes, with any of the member boards of the ICC or its affiliates," it said.

While giving importance to communication and leadership skills, the board said in its advertisement that it was looking for candidates who are "well-versed in latest technologies/trends in sports software". Interestingly, the BCCI has explicitly said it would prefer candidates who can speak in Hindi and othe regional Indian languages, hinting at opting for an Indian coach.

The deadline for sending applications has been set for June 10.

Ravi Shastri's contract as team director ended with the World T20 and a number of names have been linked with the Indian coaching job since then.

While a senior BCCI official recently confirmed that former team India director >Ravi Shastri, along with his support staff Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R. Sridhar will re-apply for their posts, New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori's name has also been doing the rounds after >Kohli admitted to having discussions with the Royal Challengers Bangalore coach about the prospects of mentoring the Indian team.

Venkatesh Prasad, the chairman of the national junior selection panel, has also expressed his desire to coach the national team again.

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