The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier announced that they would also be looking to add new members in their personal apart from the position of head coach. Ravi Shastri retained his position as Team India's head coach last week and he will be associated with the team till the end of ICC World T20 2021.
After the head coach has been finalised in the form of Ravi Shastri, BCCI also had to finalise other departments of the coaching staff which included batting, bowling, fielding, Strength & Conditioning coach and the other positions involved that of the physiotherapist and Administrative Manager.
Beginning Monday, a total of 14 candidates for the position of Batting Coach, 12 for Bowling Coach, nine for Fielding Coach, 16 for the position of Physiotherapist, 12 for the post of Strength and Conditioning Coach and 24 for the position of Administrative Manager were interviewed. The entire process lasted four days and concluded on Thursday evening.
However, such was the competition for the coaching staff that the selection committee had to make some tough choices while shortlisting the candidates. In the end, they made their selections for the next support staff of Team India.
Vikram Rathour, Bharat Arun and Mark Ramprakash were shortlisted for the role of the batting coach while B. Arun, Paras Mhambrey and Venkatesh Prasad completed the list of candidates for bowling coach while R. Sridhar, T. Dilip, and Abhay Sharma have been shortlisted for the position of fielding coach.
The candidates for the physiotherapists include Nitin Patel, Andrew Leipus and Vaibhav Daga whereas, Girish Dongre, Venkatesh Rajagopalan and Anand Yalvigi comprise the list of shortlisted candidates for the position of Administrative Manager.
BCCI have updated the entire list on their official Twitter handle. Take a look.
While Bharat Arun, Vikram Rathour, Ravi Shastri were familiar faces in the coaching staff of Team India, Jonty Rhodes was nowhere to be seen in the list and this did not go down well with the netizens who believed that Rhodes would have done wonders for Team India as their fielding coach. In fact, the former South African cricketer had expressed his desire to be associated with the Indian team.
Here are some of the reactions:
Pick Jhonty Rhodes as fielding coach. He has applied I think.— Awarapan 🇮🇳 (@KingmakerOne1) August 22, 2019
No Jonty Rhodes in shortlist of candidates!? Lmao. You guys are becoming a joke now— Saurabh (@Boomrah_) August 22, 2019
Rhodes isn't even in top 3 fielding coach— Subham (@subhsays) August 22, 2019
Are you joking ?
Where is mr. Jonty Rhodes?— Vineet Kashyap (@ImVineetKashyap) August 22, 2019