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Former Kiwi coach Mike Hesson set to apply for India head coach

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Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is set to send in his application for the position of head coach of the Indian team. The last date to submit applications is July 30 with the current head coach Ravi Shastri getting a direct entry into the interview process.
Hesson was the head coach of New Zealand for six years before resigning in 2018. His stint with the Black Caps was quite successful and included guiding the team to their first World Cup final in 2015. Hesson returned to coaching earlier this year at the helm of Kings XI Punjab but now appears keen to get back to the international circuit with the high-profile India job.
"Hesson is very much interested in applying for the head coach's position," a source told CricketNext. "He has spent a couple of months in India already working with Kings XI in IPL as well as doing television work with the hosts broadcasters. He'll love to work with a high-profile team like India after a highly successful stint with New Zealand."
It is believed that Hesson and his agent are currently studying the fine points of the head coach's job description as posted by the BCCI on their website.
"Hesson and his agent need to be convinced about the conditions of the job as laid down by the BCCI. But chances are that they will be sending their application in soon," the source added.
One hurdle in the way of Hesson will be his IPL job with Kings XI. Any coach involved with an IPL team needs to give an affidavit to clear him of potential 'conflict of interest'.
"Gary Kirsten applied for the women coach's job earlier this year when he was still employed with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had to furnish an affidavit to the BCCI stating that he would give up his position with the IPL franchise if he was selected for the job. Although Kirsten was the first choice of the ad-hoc Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), he couldn't accept the position because he was not able to fulfil the terms of the affidavit," a senior BCCI official informed CricketNext.

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