Board of Control for Cricket in India‘s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri as the new head coach of Team India. However, BCCI has refrained from issuing any official statement regarding the name of the head coach. Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman who comprised of the CAC members conducted interviews of the five shortlisted candidates on Monday and named Ravi Shastri as the new head coach on Tuesday. If Ravi Shastri becomes the coach then he will hold the position for two years till the 2019 World Cup. Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody were the other applicants for the job. However, if rumours are to be believed then Ravi Shastri is the new head coach and reportedly was heavily favoured by captain Virat Kohli. It is reported that Ravi Shastri’s good and cordial relationship with captain Virat Kohli helped him clinch the job. However, BCCI’s no confirmation did not deter the Twitterati, who went all out flinging brickbats at Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, and became pretty brutal with their tweets.
Anil Kumble who was the former head coach for the Indian Cricket Team ended his one year contract with the culmination of ICC Champions Trophy. The former Indian spinner most likely would have got an extension but decided to step down following his alleged rift with Captain Virat Kohli. In his resignation letter he brought up the issue he faced with Kohli and wrote that their relationship as ‘untenable’, making it clear that the duo have a strained relationship. Twitterati had quite a lot to say about the probable new appointment and without mincing any words they gave it back to Virat Kohli. Meanwhile according to a Republic TV report, BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has said that no final decision has been taken on the name of the head coach as CAC members are still deliberating.
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Sample a few tweets below:
Ravi Shastri was previously associated with Indian Cricket Team as a director for a period of two years including the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20. If Ravi Shastri becomes the head coach then his first assignment will be the forthcoming Sri Lanka tour which starts from July 26, 2017. The Indian team will be playing three Tests, five-ODIs and one T20I in Sri Lanka.