The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has updated the eligibility criteria for the selection of the next head coach. The head coach has to be less than 60 years of age with minimum intercontinental coaching experience of two years. It is only a three-point list for all the training roles with head coach besides the positions in the batting, bowling and fielding department. Before Ravi Shastri was employed head coach in July 2017, the BCCI had issued nine-points of suitability criteria which required focus and clarity.
“The present training staff of Team India will get an automatic entry in the enrollment process,” said the BCCI in a declaration.
The head coach should have trained a Test-playing nation for at least two or three years with an associate member/A team/IPL side. The candidate also should have played 30 Tests or 50 ODIs.
The conditions remain the same for bowling, bowling and fielding coach except the number of matches played. The three personnel would have played at least 10 Tests or 25 ODIs and be less than 60 years of age.
The present support team had Shastri, batting coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day delay following the World Cup, to cover the West Indies trip from August 3 to September 3.
All of them can re-apply but the team is set to have a new coach and physio after leaving of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart following India’s semi-final exit in the World Cup.
After the West Indies trip, India’s home season kicks off with a series besides South Africa, opening on September 15.