Next Indian women's cricket coach: Ten candidates shortlisted for interviews

After receiving 28 applications, the BCCI has shortlisted 10 candidates for the post of the Indian women's cricket team coach.

The selected candidates for the women's coaching role will be interviewed on Thursday.   -  Getty Images

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shortlisted 10 candidates to be interviewed for the post of the Indian women's cricket team coach, according to people aware of the development. 

The ten shortlisted candidates — Gary Kirsten, Brad Hogg, Herschelle Gibbs, Venkatesh Prasad, Manoj Prabhakar, W.V.Raman, Trent Johnston, Mark Coles, Dimitri Mascarenhas  and Ramesh Powar — will appear for the interview at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday. Three women had also applied for the post and one of them is likely to be called for the interview.

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The candidates will be interviewed by the three-member ad-hoc committee, comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy. 

The position of women's team head coach has been vacant since Powar's three-month contract ended on November 30. Powar coached India in the World T20 last month, and found himself in middle of a controversy after the team dropped Mithali Raj from the final XI in the semifinals.

Former India coach Kirsten appears to be frontrunner for the job, though he will face a stiff challenge from Gibbs, Hogg and Prasad. The members of the ad-hoc committee are expected to reach Mumbai on Wednesday.

Though Kirsten has been invited for the interview, top BCCI officials said that the South African will be considered 'ineligible' for the job, if he doesn't quit Royal Challengers Bangalore's head coach job.

"We don't want any conflict of interest, but we have invited him for the interview, then it is up to him, which one he chooses," a top BCCI official said.