The deadline for the application for the post of the head coach of the Indian team ended on June 10th, and 57 people have applied to the BCCI for the role. BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke has revealed that a shortlist will be drawn based on the eligibility criteria before further consideration.
“At the close of the June 10, 2016, the timeline set for receiving applications for the position of the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team, BCCI has received a total of 57 applications from coaches within India and overseas.
“The primary scrutiny of the applications received is now being carried out by the Office of the Honorary Secretary of the BCCI, with regards to the applicants, meeting the set eligibility criteria. After this initial scrutiny, the list of candidates who meet the criteria will be processed for further consideration,” the BCCI's Honorary Secretary Ajay Shirke has said in a media release.
Earlier last month, The BCCI had invited applications for the Team India head coach, a position which has been vacant since Duncan Fletcher’s contract ended after the World Cup in 2015. The BCCI have set the criteria for this job, and they are looking for someone who has “successfully coached a cricket team of any of the member countries of the ICC, at the first class or at the International level”. Another criteria is "It is preferred that the candidate should be qualified through a certification assessment program conducted by any of the full member countries and currently possess such a valid certification”.
One of the widely talked about criteria is that of “communication skills befitting the coach of an International team are mandatory, along with the ability to effectively convey the right messages and must demonstrate proficiency in English. It is desirable to communicate in Hindi and other regional Indian languages.”--which Ajay Shirke later said was “not a compulsion, but desirable”.
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