Dhoni: New India head coach must understand the culture

MS Dhoni said understanding the culture should be a key criteria for the next India head coach.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed after the ICC World Twenty20 that a head coach would be appointed, with former team director Ravi Shastri's contract coming to an end.

Shastri confirmed that he has applied for the position of head coach ahead of Friday's deadline for applications to be submitted.

The BCCI stated that the ability to communicate in an Indian language is "desirable but by no means mandatory" in the advert for the position, but that is not a priority as far as India captain Dhoni is concerned.

"A number of international coaches have a problem with the amount of cricket that we play in a year keeping in mind the family commitments and other factors," Dhoni said.

"One of the most important thing I believe is he should understand our culture. More than the language, one who understands our upbringing and culture will be better with us,

"The coaches who have understood us in the past... we have seen the difference on the field."

Sanjay Bangar was appointed interim head coach of the India side for the tour of Zimbabwe, which starts with the first of three one-day internationals in Harare on Saturday.

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