Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Tuesday named Ravi Shastri as the new head coach of Team India. As per some reports, CAC members, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, after conducting interview with the five shortlisted candidates on Monday (July 10) have selected former Team India director as the head coach for a period of two years till the 2019 World Cup.Also Read - ENG vs IND 2021: Ajinkya Rahane Names Bowler Who Can Fill-up For Hardik Pandya's Absence, Respects Ben Stokes Decision to Take a Break
Meanwhile, there is no official confirmation from BCCI on this yet. According to Republic TV report, BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has said no final decision has been taken on this as CAC members are still deliberating. Also Read - Hat-Trick of Series Losses: India in England Over The Last Decade
Apart from Shastri, four other candidates namely Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody were called in for interview on Monday. Phil Simmons, the sixth candidate, didn’t appear for interview. It is reported that Shastri shares good relation with the current Indian captain Virat Kohli and could get the official nod. Also Read- Don’t Deserve to Win if We Concede Easy Chances, Says Virat Kohli Also Read - Virat Kohl's Mantra to Win Test Series in England: Milestones Don't Matter, Chasing Pursuit of Excellence is Important
Anil Kumble’s one year contract as head coach ended post ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The former India spinner was likely to get an extension but he decided to step down following his alleged rift with Kohli.
Kumble in his resignation letter termed the partnership between him and Kohli as ‘untenable’, clearly hinting at the strained relationship between the two.
CoA Pressing For Announcement
On Monday, CAC had sought more time to name the head coach. Ganguly, member of CAC, had said that they will wait for captain Kohli to return and seek his inputs. However, late on Monday night Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) told BCCI to name the new head coach by Tuesday. And abiding by it, the board has named the new head coach. Also Read- Name Team India Head Coach Today, CoA to BCCI
Ravi Shastri: The Former Team India Director
Shastri was previously associated with Team India as a director for a period of two years including the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20. Initially, he was appointed for a period of eight months following India’s dismal performance in Tests against England. In June 2016 Kumble took over as head coach and Shastri was discharged from the post.