Mahela to join India?

Mumbai Indians team captain Rohit Sharma (L) and coach Mahela Jayawardene pose for a picture during a press conference ahead of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament in Mumbai on April 5, 2018. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is going to recruit fresh staff for the Team India Senior Men’s Cricket Team and invited applications for the post of Head Coach, Batting Coach and Others after their devastating loss in the semifinal against New Zealand.

Interestingly, former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene’s name is highlighted by Indian media as a likely candidate to apply for the post.

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“Some of the candidates who are likely to apply for the post of head coach are Gary Kirsten, Mahela Jayawardene, Tom Moody and Virender Sehwag,” reported by the Financial Express.

India is currently being coached by Ravi Shastri and he was elected in 2017 after Anil Kumble stepped down as India head coach after a year in charge because his “partnership” with captain Virat Kohli was “untenable”.

BCCI is seeking six professionals for the following positions and has released an eligibility criteria as well.

  • Head Coach
  • Batting Coach
  • Bowling Coach
  • Fielding Coach
  • Physiotherapist Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Administrative Manager

Eligibility critetia for Head Coach – 

    • Should be a Head Coach of a full member Test Playing Nation for 2 years(min) Or

Head Coach of an Associate member /IPL or Equivalent International Leagues/First Class Teams/ National A teams, for a minimum period of 3 years. 

    • Should have also played a minimum of 30 Test Matches or 50 ODIS or holding BCCI Level 3 Certification or equivalent.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 30th July 2019.

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Jayawardene has guided IPL franchise Mumbai Indians to two championships in just 3 years, and also holds the head coach post of BPL franchise Khulna Titans as well. 

Last month It was reported that the former Sri Lanka captain was in contention to coach Southern Brave in the new professional 100-ball cricket league run by the England and Wales Cricket Board which is set to commence in July 2020.

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