Ravi Shastri, current India head coach, is tipped to retain his position as CAC pick next India head coach. @AFP

Led by former India skipper Kapil Dev, the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising of Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, will announce the next head coach of the Indian cricket team at 7 pm on Friday.

While Ravi Shastri, the current India coach, is tipped to retain his role, the likes of Mike Hesson – former New Zealand and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) coach, Phil Simmons – ex-West Indies, Afghanistan and Ireland coach, Tom Moody – former coach of Sri Lanka and the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Lalchand Rajput, former Zimbabwe coach and Robin Singh, who has been a part of the coaching team with Mumbai Indians (MI), are the five other candidates who are contesting for the job.

Shastri, who is currently in West Indies with the Indian team, will be interviewed via video conference. The other five candidates are being interviewed in Mumbai.

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It is reported that whoever gets the role, will be handed a contract till 2021 ICC Cricket World Twenty20.

“The head coach will be at the helm of affairs till the 2021 World T20 and after that it will be a process of re-appointment or selection of a new coach as has been the trend in recent years. The support staff will also be handed contracts till the World T20 as continuity is very important considering the big ticket events that are lined up over the next couple of years,” a BCCI functionary was quoted as saying by IANS.

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A call on the other members of the support staff is expected to be taken next week. While the board shortlisted just six candidates for the head coach job, there are a number of candidates in the fray to be part of India’s coaching staff.