Phil Simmons applies for India coach role; South Africa ‘legend’ inquires

Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons is the latest name added to the list of potential candidates for India’s head coach position.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the former West Indies coach has submitted his application for the vacant position. Along with him, an unnamed South Africa legend has also shown interest in applying for the post.

The 54-year-old has quite the resume, having coached Ireland during the 2011 and 2015 World Cup, with the minnows picking up wins over Test nations like England, Windies and Zimbabwe. He also had a couple of stints with the Windies side, along with being a consultant for newly appointed ICC Full Member Afghanistan.

After resigning as the coach of Ireland in 2015, the former all-rounder led Windies to their second T20 crown, but was let go by the board later that year due to ‘differences in culture and strategic approach’.

The deadline for the applications was extended to July 9, after Anil Kumble resigned from his post due to ‘untenable’ relation with captain Virat Kohli. The former leg-spinner stepped down from his post after India’s loss to Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy final.

During the first window to apply for the post, the Board of Control for Cricket in India had received applications from Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh apart from Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag.

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