India are left with a decision to make as Mark Ramprakash and Jonathan Trott apply for the vacant batting coach role.
Former England batsmen Mark Ramprakash and Jonathan Trott are front-runners for India’s vacant batting coach role. BCCI have interviewed numerous candidates over the last few weeks, but the English duo is the high-profile candidates for the job.
This interest in Ramprakash and Trott comes after the English board undermining their abilities as a coach. Trott is temporary batting coach at Kent, but remains with full burning desire to coach a senior side in the coming months, while Ramprakash served as England’s batting coach between 2014 and 2017.
Not only the pair has been queried by BCCI, but other coaches including Pravin Amre, Thilan Samaraweera, Amol Mazumdar, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, and Vikram Rathour have also been interviewed, according to Cricinfo. The board is yet to decide on this, along with the fielding coach role.
Former South Africa player Jonty Rhodes, who was the recent fielding coach of the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians and Ant Botha, who is currently with the English side, have applied for the fielding coach role. Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi, Amit Bhandari, and Paras Mhambarey have applied for the bowling coach job as well.
The Indian board has extended the contract of the head coach Ravi Shastri, following the contract expiry post-World Cup. The selection panel is likely to shortlist three members per position and hand the sheet to the board. However, rumours also circulate that Ravi is open to sticking with his fellow colleagues including Sanjay Bangar (Assistant Coach), Bharat Arun (Bowling Coach), and R Sridhar (Fielding Coach).
The current head coach was backed by the trio in 2014, and managed to keep their jobs during Anil Kumble’s one-year spell as Indian coach between 2016 and 2017.
As BCCI consider alternatives, it remains to be seen if Ravi Shastri would be willing to part ways with Bangar, Arun, and Sridhar.