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Hunt for India's next coach : Ravi Shastri leads the race

With regards to their typical custom of making all authoritative exercises seem like state privileged insights, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) remained distinctively uncommunicative until the point that Sunday evening on how they were wanting to proceed with the immensely critical Monday meeting to choose the national mentor of the Indian group.

On Monday evening, two individuals from the CAC - Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - will be available at the central command of the BCCI with Sachin Tendulkar, the third part, joining his partners on Skype from the United Kingdom. The current task will be to conclude one of the seven candidates - Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Phil Simmons, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh - as the new mentor of the senior men's group following a meeting procedure.

The due date for cut-off of utilizations was until the point when Sunday midnight following which a shortened rundown of hopefuls would come up for a last survey. TOI has learnt that all considerations encompassing the arrangement, up until now, had been between Shastri, Sehwag and Moody.

Shastri, the previous Team India chief, who was unceremoniously overlooked on the past event - as the CAC made due with previous India leg-spinner Anil Kumble - is at the end of the day a firm top pick.

Considered players' decision, the cricketer-turned-pundit - who has been effectively required in the universal cricketing circuit for near two decades now, post retirement - had chosen not to apply for the position this time after the way he was "dealt with" a year ago.

At last, Shastri consented to send over his CV to the CAC after one of its individuals - Sachin Tendulkar - persuaded him to do as such to the greatest advantage of everyone included. The second most loved will be the exceptionally experienced Tom Moody, who drove Sri Lanka to the last of the 2007 ICC World Cup as mentor and helped Sunrisers Hyderabad win the Indian Premier League (IPL) title in 2016, and has himself been a two-time World Cup champ for Australia before. At the point when Moody's meeting is held, one of the CAC individuals - VVS Laxman - should recuse himself from the procedure considering that the Australian and the Hyderabadi are partners at Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Sehwag, who amazed the club with his CV, considering that he had demonstrated no specific enthusiasm for the past to mentor a universal side, will be the third man in the running. He would come into the photo if the CAC in fact neglect to discover Shastri or Moody (in a specific order) unacceptable for the part.

The others in the running are previous Pakistan and West Indies mentor Pybus, Afghanistan's national mentor Rajput - who was additionally connected with the 2007 World T20-winning Indian group, West Indian Simmons - whose application was the last among every one of the contender to come in, and Ganesh - a previous India medium-pacer.

Of all competitors, Shastri - regarding CVs and introductions - remains the most loved in front of the rest for various reasons.

In front of CAC shortlisting Kumble as the national mentor in 2016, the previous India all-rounder had been carring the obligation of Team India executive, a part that was given over to him unexpectedly and the 55-year-old did significantly well to spare BCCI the blushes.That aside, captain Virat Kohli and some other senior individuals from the squad have never shied from conceding that they would favor Shastri in charge of issues.

All that the CAC should do now is make the procedure a straightforward one and guarantee that - dissimilar to 2016 - the meetings don't trigger more debates.

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Hunt for India's next coach : Ravi Shastri leads the race



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