India’s senior selection committee headed by MSK Prasad announced 3 shortlisted candidates for each of the support staff positions of the India cricket team after a 4-day-long selection process on Thursday. Jonty Rhodes’ absence from even the 3-man final shorlist for the role of India’s fielding coach helped raise a few eyebrows.

However, selecton committee chairman MSK Prasad revealed after the selection process that Jonty Rhodes’ name was not added to the final shortlist as the second and the third names on the list will be considered for India A level and National Cricket Academy support staff.

Rhodes had applied for the post of fielding coach and even told India Today that he would be focussing on helping India improve their catching percentages.

Nonetheles, R Sridhar is all set to retain his role as the fielding coach and Prasad said the selection committee did not have any second thoughts about reappointing him. Sridhar, Abhay Sharma and T Dilip made the 3-man shortlist for the fielding coach role.

The top names in each category will be appointed after the formalities with regards to Conflict of Interest declaration is complete, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri explained while talking to the press on Thursday.

“R Sridhar is one of the best fielding coaches. Unfortunately in the World Cup, maybe he wouldn’t have got… there were 2-3 wicketkeepers in the side, we all know that. Otherwise, he has transformed this into a wonderful fielding unit. There is no second thoughts about Sridhar,” MSK Prasad said.

He added: “With regards to the 2nd and 3rd position, we don’t see Jonty Rhodes fitting in there because those roles are more for India A levels and the NCA.”

A total of 14 candidates for the position of batting coach, 12 for bowling coach, nine for fielding coach, 16 for the position of physiotherapist, 12 for the post of strength and conditioning coach and 24 for the position of Administrative Manager were interviewed.

Meanwhile, former India opener Vikram Rathour is all set to replace Sanjay Bangar as the batting coach of India cricket team. Rathour, who played 6 Tests and 9 ODIs for India, pipped Bangar and former England batsman Mark Ramprakash to emerge the top candidate in the shortlisted list.

On the other hand, Bharat Arun is all set to retain his job as he pipped Paras Mhambrey and Venkatesh Prasad in the 3-man shortlist for the bowling coach role.

The selection process comes after Ravi Shastri was reappointed as the head coach following interviews conducted by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee earlier this month.

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