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Phil Simmons applies for Indian cricket team’s head coach’s job

Phil Simmons, former West Indies cricketer and coach, is the latest to apply for Indian cricket team’s head coach’s job.

cricket Updated: Jul 03, 2017 18:40 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Phil Simmons,Indian cricket team,Anil Kumble
Phil Simmons, former West Indies coach, is the latest to apply for Indian cricket team’s head coach’s job. (Getty Images)

Former West Indies cricketer and coach Phil Simmons is the latest to have joined the race to become the head coach of the Indian cricket team, following the resignation of Anil Kumble a few weeks ago.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked for applications in two different stages — one when Kumble was a ‘direct entry’ and with the strong possibility to retain his job. The second, post his sudden resignation ahead of India’s tour to the West Indies.

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Simmons has applied for the post in the second round; having forwarded his application recently, reported by Mumbai Mirror. The BCCI had extended the deadline to July 9 for the same.

The Indian cricket board, along with the help from its Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), is all set to reveal India’s next coach on July 10.

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The second round of applications were invited by the BCCI only after Kumble submitted his resignation and did not travel to the Caribbean with the Indian cricket team.

However, Simmons, who is latest to join the race, is likely to face an extremely tough competition with the likes of Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, and Tom Moody already in the fray.

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Shastri too had applied in the second round. A few others, such as current Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput, former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus and former India cricketer Dodda Ganesh were among the first round of applicants.

Simmons has coached Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies in the past. His most recent coaching assignment was with the Caribbean side, but fallout with Cricket West Indies (CWI) — formerly-named West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) — led to his unceremonious exit.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 17:22 IST