Former England batsmen Jonathan Trott and Mark Ramprakash are in the running for the role of India’s batting coach and have interviewed for the job before BCCI’s selection panel.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the two Englishmen are being considered for the batting coach position along with former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera, Amol Muzumdar, Pravin Amre, Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Vikram Rathour.
The BCCI recently retained Ravi Shastri as the head coach of India on a new two-year contract and the process to now complete his support staff is in full swing with candidates being interviewed by the selection panel from Monday to Thursday.
India’s previous supporting coaching staff comprising of Sanjay Bangar (assistant coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach) have all been automatically entered into the recruitment process and are reportedly the preferred candidates for head coach Shastri.
The trio is currently with Shastri on India’s ongoing tour of the West Indies and were handed 45-day extensions to their contracts by the BCCI for the same after their original contracts expired with the completion of the 2019 World Cup.
Former South African ace Jonty Rhodes is said to be in the running for the fielding coach position while the likes of Venkatesh Prasad and Sunil Joshi have applied for the role of the bowling coach.
Like Shastri, the new supporting staff are likely to be handed two-year contracts as well which would run until the completion of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The selection panel will send its final recommendations for the three roles to the BCCI after completing the interview process this week before the board takes a final call on the appointments.
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