Former Australia cricketer Tom Moody has thrown his hat in the mud for the high-profile job of team India’s head coach role. While popular perception says, incumbent Ravi Shastri will retain his chair, Moody’s application will intensify the battle for India’s next coach.
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Moody applies for the head coach
The current crop of support and the head coach’s tenure came to an end after the ICC World Cup. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave them a 45-day extension until the series against West Indies. In the meantime, BCCI invited fresh applications to fill the vacant spots; the deadline being July 31. As per reports, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, Sri Lanka stalwart Mahela Jayawardene, ex-India player Robin Singh and former India manager and current Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput are in contention of the hot spot. And now, Tom Moody has also applied for the high-profile job.
Moody has a long association with coaching and has donned the hat for various international teams post his retirement in 2001. Tom Moody has also worked with multiple franchise-based teams in the T20 leagues across the globe. In the IPL, the 53-year-old has coached Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. His seven-year-long association came with Hyderabad came to an end earlier this month when Sunrisers roped World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss as Moody’s successor. He has been relatively successful in the IPL, making Hyderabad as one of the most consistent teams.
While it is almost certain that Ravi Shastri will retain his, Tom Moody’s application will compel the three-member ad-hoc panel to think before giving their judgement. While skipper Virat Kohli has backed Shastri to continue the job, one of the panel member, Anshuman Gaekwad also voted for Shastri to continue.