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Update: Craig McDermott among list of India coach aspirants

Craig McDermott, the former Australian paceman, has put his name in the ring to coach the Indian cricket team.

The 52-year-old has applied for the role currently held by Anil Kumble, who reportedly remains in the box seat to retain his position. McDermott, who claimed 291 wickets from 71 Tests, was Australia's bowling coach from 2013-16, where he was instrumental in developing the team's rich pace stocks. He was part of several momentous Australian achievements, including the 5-0 Ashes whitewash of 2013-14 and their World Cup victory in 2015.

Kumble's contract expires this month and other contenders for the role include Virender Sehwag, the former Indian opener, and veteran Australian coach Tom Moody. Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput are the other names to have submitted their application before the cut-off date.

McDermott said he long desired to coach an international team. "Yes, I have thrown my hat in the ring for India's head coaching job," he told Sportstar on Saturday (June 3). "I completed all the procedure on time, and the application was sent much earlier. I have had aspirations for a while to be a head coach.

"I was away from cricket coaching for a year, and now, I want to come back to it," he added. "I have also enjoyed my time in India, and it would be nice to serve Indian cricket."

Ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the Indian team has been dogged by reports of a rift between Kumble and captain Virat Kohli, which has created a stir reinforcing the pressure associated with being part of India's setup.

However, McDermott said he was undaunted by the level of scrutiny accompanying the Indian team. "I have handled many situations before. And I believe, as a head coach, your job is no longer restricted to just cricket," he said. "Being a head coach is about managing the people and maintaining a good relation with the players and the captain."

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