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Gary Kirsten Hopes Best Man is Appointed as Team India Coach

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 28, 2017, 12:38 PM IST
Gary Kirsten Hopes Best Man is Appointed as Team India Coach

File Image of Gary Kirsten and MS Dhoni. (Getty Images)

New Delhi: Former India coach Gary Kirsten has wished the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) luck as it gets down to appointing the next coach after Anil Kumble stepped down, citing difference in ‘style’ of working with skipper Virat Kohli. Kirsten was coach of the Indian team from 2008 till 2011 and the team led by MS Dhoni did well across all formats under Kirsten.

Taking to Twitter, Kirsten wrote: “Always loved working with Team India and hopefully they find the coach most suited for their team.”

The race for the next India coach is getting hotter with former team director Ravi Shastri now throwing his hat in the ring. The BCCI has officially extended the timeline for submission of applications for the post of the head coach of the Indian cricket team to July 9.

Shastri had been approached by the BCCI and he had told the Indian board that he will apply for the position only if he is assured of getting the job. And looks like the assurance has come as he answered in the affirmative when asked if he had finally agreed to apply for the coach's post. "Yes, for sure," Shastri told CricketNext over a message.

Five candidates had applied for the job — former India opener Sehwag, Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus and former India pacer Doda Ganesh. These names were short-listed to be interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

The race was supposed to be between these candidates and Anil Kumble before the latter declined to take a two-week extension and ruled himself out of the running, the BCCI then decided to call for more applications.
First Published: June 28, 2017, 12:38 PM IST

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