India coach's role down to 21

Tendulkar, Laxman, Ganguly to submit report to BCCI after assessing shortlisted candidates

The prestigious role of India men's team coach has been shortlisted to 21 candidates.

With the initial pool of 57 having been cut to those who have fulfilled the primary criteria as set out by the BCCI, a cricket advisory committee will assess the remaining applicants for suitability.

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That advisory committee is made up of Indian batting legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, with another former Indian cricketer and selector, Sanjay Jagdale, acting as chief co-ordinator for the selection of head coach.

"Should the committee desire to look at all the 57 applications as well, the said will be made available to them," a BCCI media release stated.

"The committee will be required to go through the process and on completion, recommend its choice of selection to the President of the BCCI, Mr Anurag Thakur, through the Hony Secretary."

Despite taking on the batting coach role with Australia for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, various media outlets are reporting former Australia batsman Stuart Law is among the leading international candidates.

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Also among the foreign options are New Zealand legends Daniel Vettori and Stephen Fleming, both of whom are current coaches in the Indian Premier League, as well as the KFC Big Bash League.

Vettori has reportedly been supported by Test captain Virat Kohli, who he mentors at Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Fleming has considerable experience in India, having been a long-term coach of Chennai Super Kings before taking charge of new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants this year.

Indian legends Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble are both also considered to be well in the race, as is former India player Sandeep Patil.

Ravi Shastri, another Indian great who served as team director until their semi-final exit from the ICC World T20, is also reportedly among the lead candidates, and is another who has been supported by both Kohli and ODI and T20 captain MS Dhoni.

The committee is expected to submit its report to the BCCI by June 22. 

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