Kanitkar applies for India coach job

Kanitkar had led Maharashtra to the Ranji Trophy Plate league title and Rajasthan to successive Ranji Trophy crowns.

A file photo of Hrishikesh Kanitkar.

Former India batsman Hrishikesh Kanitkar applied for the India coach’s job on Thursday. Besides playing a handful of ODIs and two Tests for India, Kanitkar led Maharashtra to the Ranji Trophy Plate league title and Rajasthan to successive Ranji Trophy crowns.

Vijay Mohan Raj, who played for Mumbai and Hyderabad between 1976 and 1988 in Ranji Trophy, has also joined the fray, adds our Special Correspondent from Hyderabad.

WHAT NEXT?

# The deadline for applying for the post of the head coach expired on Friday.

# The Secretary Ajay Shirke’s office will compile the list of all the applicants and forward it to the cricket operations department.

# The cricket operations wing is then expected to cull the list down and depending on the number of candidates in the list, the BCCI hierarchy will decide how to conduct personal interviews.

# It is still not clear whether the BCCI will rope in former India cricketers to aid in the process of interviewing the candidates.

# The process is likely to be completed on or before the BCCI working committee meeting, scheduled in Dharamsala on June 24. The working committee may ratify the appointment of coach.

# Ravi Shastri and Sandeep Patil remain the top contenders for the coach’s post but don’t be surprised if an overseas candidate pops up.

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