57 people have submitted applications for the post of head cricket coach to the India’s cricket board (ICB). The applicants list has been kept confidential, however, the ex-fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad current chief selector Sandeep Patil and former team director Ravi Shastri have overtly conveyed of their interest in the post.

The post was advertised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) earlier this month after the previous coach, Shastri’s contract completed after the World Twenty20 in April.

The BCCI said in a statement on Sunday that the applications are currently being scrutinized and a final selection is due before India tours the West Indies in July.

The BCCI said on Sunday that the list of 57 will now be scrutinised, with a final decision expected to be made before

The statement said, “After this initial scrutiny, the list of candidates who meet the criteria will be processed for further consideration,”

Last week, Limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the candidate who ends up with the post should be familiar with the Indian culture.

“More than Hindi, English, one who understands our culture and our upbringing, the one who understands these sorts of things, he will always be better with us,” Dhoni said.

“In the past, too, these things have been important, and the coaches who have understood us better, it has made a difference at the ground level.”

Rumours say the applicants include Dav Whatmore who was fired earlier this month by Zimbabwe and had been the Pakistan cricket team’s head coach from 2012 to 2014 together with Australia’s Stuart Law, a former coach of Bangladesh who had been an applicant for the Pakistan’s head coach post earlier this year after the catastrophic Asia Cup T20 and ICC World T20 campaign when Waqar Younis resigned.

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