India step up search for new head coach


India are closing in on the long-awaited appointment of a new head coach, after a deadline of June 10 was set for applications.

Anurag Thakur revealed at his first media conference since his appointment as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president that interested parties have just under three weeks to apply for the vacancy.

Team director Ravi Shastri's contract expired following the ICC World Twenty20, and the BCCI announced that they would appoint a first head coach since Duncan Fletcher left the role over  year ago.

Thakur stated on Sunday that the recruitment process will now be stepped up.

He said: "We will advertise for the post of coach today and by June 10 anyone who is willing to take up post of coach they can apply to the BCCI. The candidate will be finalised after that."

Thakur added: "Currently our team is number two in Test and T20 and number four in ODIs and women's cricket. We will take every step or whatever is possible to make Team India number one in all forms of cricket."

Asked why a new head coach had not yet been appointed, he said: "If you have to go for the best you can't go with limited choices. So we are keeping it open."

Thakur said Shastri and his coaching staff would not be ruled out of consideration.

"Of course, yes. It is open for everyone whether [it is] the current support staff, [or] from outside India or within India, anyone who is keen to be a coach with Indian team or take other responsibilities - bowling, batting, fielding coach or the head coach - all these positions would be available." said Thakur.

India start a three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in Harare on June 11, with as many T20 contests to follow.