India coach job: Simmons applies, SA legend shows interest

Monday, July 3rd, 2017 - Jobs
The list of applicants for the India coach position seems to be swelling by the day. There have been quite a few inquiries and one of them was from a South African legend. But the latest one to send the application is Phil Simmons. The former West India opener and coach, it can be confirmed, has applied for the position. Sources within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) here in India and back in Trinidad from where the former West Indies opener comes from, reveal that Simmons has formally expressed interest in the India job and has recently forwarded his application.

The West Indian has quite a long and impressive record as a coach having trained the West Indies team twice – one of the stints resulting in the World Twenty20 title before his term was abruptly cut short by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The 54- year-old was also associated with the Irish national team. As about the South African legend, there is no confirmation if the great has actually applied for the post but there is buzz about it. He is understood to have inquired with a few concerned persons in the BCCI. This paper has sent text messages to him and his agent.

There were no immediate replies. If the entry of new applicants will change the dynamics of the coach selection is a matter of conjecture but those in the know say that it could still be a two-horse race between Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag, with the former having edge for his previous stint with the Indian team. But you never know if there will be last-minute surprise, like last time.

BCCI SGM on July 11?

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the BCCI members are aiming to preempt the status report of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) by cobbling together a consensus on the Lodha Committee report. The members are planning a Special General Meeting (SGM) on July 11 when they will make one more attempt to adopt the Lodha reforms so that they can avoid the wrath of the Supreme Court. By then the CoA will have filed the status report, which is expected to come down heavily on the members, and the new attempt now is to neutralize the status report by adopting the reforms. But will it actually happen? As they say in cricket, the game is never over till the last ball has been bowled.

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