Eyeing the Indian cricket team coach’s job, big names such as Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri and Sandeep Patil along with other aspirants are being interviewed for the coveted post at a city hotel in Kolkata on Tuesday.

The BCCI’s cricket advisory committee comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar will take the interview of the shortlisted 21 candidates. 

Tendulkar will join in from London via video conference.

Cricket Association of Bengal official said all the “prominent” names who are in contention would attend the interview.

Here’s a list of the prominent names, part of the 21-member shortlist from the original 57 applicants.

  • Ravi Shastri
  • Anil Kumble
  • Venkatesh Prasad
  • Sandeep Patil
  • Vikram Rathour
  • Praveen Amre
  • Balwinder Sandhu

The recommendation of the advisory committee will be forwarded to the BCCI president Anurag Thakur for ratification at the working committee meeting in Dharamsala on June 24.

b’Anil Kumble is the favourite / PTI’

Spin great Kumble incidentally does not meet all the criteria — he has not coached any international or first-class team, nor has he passed any course from the National Cricket Academy.

The 45-year-old, however, had mentored Mumbai Indians to two IPL wins in 2013 and 2015.

The advisory committee can interview anyone outside the 21 as the Board is keen to announce the coach ahead of the West Indies tour next month.