Gary Kirsten applies for India women's coach job

A three-member ad-hoc committee will be conducting interviews for the position on December 20 in Mumbai.

Gary Kirsten was the coach when India lifted the World Cup in 2011.   -  Vivek Bendre

In a major development, former South Africa batsman and India's 2011 World Cup winning coach, Gary Kirsten, has applied for India's women's team head coach role.

Top BCCI officials have insisted that the South African has sent his application and is set to appear before the three-member ad-hoc committee comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy on December 20. It is, however, not clear whether Kirsten will fly down to Mumbai or take the interview via Skype.

Kirsten was not immediately available for a comment at the time of this story being published.

Regarded highly for his contribution to Indian cricket during his stint as the coach of the senior side, Kirsten is the most high-profile candidate for the role. Former South Africa batsman and Kirsten's team-mate Herschelle Gibbs has also thrown his hat in the ring along with  former England cricketers Owais Shah and Dimitri Mascarenhas. Former India cricketers Manoj Prabhakar, Atul Bedade, Rakesh Sharma, Vidyuth Jaisimha have also applied. Ramesh Powar, who was the coach of the team until last month, is also in the race for the post.

Apart from the big names, Gargi Banerjee, the former India player too has applied for the role.

"We will handover the list to the committee and then they will take the process forward," a top BCCI official said.

The members of the ad-hoc committee has been asked to reach Mumbai on December 19 to take stock of things before starting the interview process the next day.