Former Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott applies for post of India's head coach

Reuters, Jun, 04 2017

New Delhi: Former Australia fast bowler Craig McDermott has applied for the post of India head coach, which will become vacant after the ongoing Champions Trophy campaign.

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) advertised the post last month, while maintaining that incumbent Anil Kumble would be considered for a contract extension after the team recorded just one defeat in 17 tests since he took over in June last year.

File image of Former Australian cricketer Craig McDermott. AFP

File image of Former Australian cricketer Craig McDermott. AFP

McDermott, who played 71 tests for Australia between 1984 and 1996 and was his country's full-time bowling coach from the 2013-14 Ashes series to last year's World T20, said he had submitted an application.

"I have had aspirations for a while to be a head coach," he told www.sportstarlive.com.

"I was away from cricket coaching for a year, and now, I want to come back to it. I have also enjoyed my time in India, and it would be nice to serve Indian cricket."

According to media reports, his former team mate Tom Moody, former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus, ex-India opener Virender Sehwag and coach of the 2007 World T20 winning Indian team Lalchand Rajput have also applied for the job.

The BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee, which will make the decision, comprises Kumble's former team mates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

Reports of Kumble's differences with Virat Kohli would give the other candidates grounds for optimism, even if the influential India captain has denied any "rift" with the coach.

Published Date: Jun 04, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 04, 2017



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