Five former Australian cricketers and a former Australian assistant coach have all been linked to the vacant role as coach of Victoria, which will be officially advertised in a fortnight.
Former Test players Brad Hodge, Cameron White and Chris Rogers, former fast bowler Ryan Harris and Melbourne Renegades coach Michael Klinger are seen as potentially strong candidates, while Michael Di Venuto, the former Championship winning coach of county side Surrey and is home in Tasmania, is seen as strong candidate should he be interested.
David Saker, the former Australian assistant coach and now an assistant to Mickey Arthur with Sri Lanka, also has support.
Rogers, the former Test opener, had an informal chat with Cricket Victoria’s operations chief Shaun Graf last week but is unsure he meets the criteria the Vics are chasing to guide a younger, developing squad that was released this week.
Hodge, the only Victorian with more than 10,000 Sheffield Shield runs, is also keen on the role but the major delay in an appointment has frustrated several parties.