Former India all-rounder Robin Singh has reportedly applied for the job the national cricket team coach.
Robin has been the fielding coach of the national cricket team from 2007 and 2009, during the time India won a series in England, ICC World T20 in South Africa and registered their maiden ODI tri-series victory down under.
The veteran of 137 One Day International for India, Robin has experience of coaching India A and India under-19 teams, besides guiding Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League and being an assistant coach of Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians.
Robin will have the herculean task of proving his credential for the hot seat of competitive cricket in India in front of the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Administrative Committee, which also comprises former Team India coach and Indian opener Anshuman Gaekwad and ex-Indian women’s captain Shanta Rangaswamy.
Incumbent Ravi Shastri, who automatically qualifies for selection by virtue of his present positon with the Indian national team, is the front runner to retain his position. However, there can be intense fight for the remaining six ‘support team’ positions.
“Under the current coach, India have lost in the semi-finals of two successive ODI World Cups, and in the last four stage of the World Twenty20 championship as well. Now is the time to prepare for the 2023 World Cup and a change could be good for the side,” Robin has told The Hindu.
Robin also claimed that he would bring with him global experience and perspective in coaching.
Shastri and Co, whose contract expired with India’s exit from the ICC World Cup 2019, have been given a 45-day extension for the team’s tour of the West Indies.