Former South Africa batsman, Herschelle Gibbs, has applied for India's women's team coaching job. One of the most prolific batsmen of his time, Gibbs had turned out for South Africa in 90 Tests, 248 ODIs and 23 T20s. He entered the coaching arena with the Kuwait national team last year and was also part of the recently concluded T10 League.
When contacted, Gibbs confirmed the development. "I have put my name forward, yes. That’s all I can tell you," the former South Africa cricketer told Sportstar .
Former England batsman Owais Shah has also thrown his hat in the ring. The 40-year-old, who was until recently associated with the UAE team, confirmed the news on Sunday.
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“I have followed the recent World Cup and I think India's women players can definitely improve. There is a lot of talent in India, with a bit of specific (plan), they can do even better,” Shah, who has also featured in the Indian Premier League, said.
Shah also believes that if he is given a chance, language will not be a barrier. “In coaching, communication is the key and I can speak fluent Hindi and if given a chance, communicating with the players won’t be a problem,” Shah, who has played six Tests, 71 ODIs and 17 T20s for England, said.
Ever since inviting applications for the women's team head coach job, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has indicated that it was looking at 'high profile' candidates for the job.
While there were also speculations that former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad may have applied, this publication understands that Prasad has not applied for the position.
There were also speculations that Tom Moody and Dav Whatmore could be considered for the role. But this publication can confirm that Moody hasn't applied.
Former India spinner, Ramesh Powar, who was the interim coach, hasn't applied yet. Powar's three-month term ended on November 30 and the position has been vacant since.
The candidates can send in their resumes until December 14 and an interview will be conducted at the BCCI headquarters on December 20.
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It remains to be seen who would conduct the interview process. With the Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, refusing to be part of the selection process , the Board has invited former India captain Kapil Dev and Aunshuman Gaekwad to conduct interviews. While Gaekwad has confirmed his participation, there is still no clarity on Kapil's participation.
The Board is also expected to invite a member of the women's team in the process, which could include the likes of Shantha Rangaswamy or Shubhangi Kulkarni.
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