Cricket team coach selection: The suspense surrounding the appointment of the Indian Cricket Team head coach is finally over. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) panel has finally named Ravi Shastri to the vacant post. It is also being said that Zaheer Khan will be the bowling coach, reported ANI. Rahul Dravid has been appointed as the batting coach, according to India Today. Earlier in the day, reports emerged that Ravi Shastri had been named the coach for a span of two years. However, later BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhury, in a press conference, refuted the news saying that the decision on Indian coach has not been finalised and the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was still deliberating on it.
Earlier today while addressing the media Amitabh Chaudhary of BCCI said, ”CAC is still deliberating; formal announcement could be made later”. Shastri had not initially been in the running for the of the post of the Indian cricket team, he only applied for the post after the deadline for the applications had been extended. Ten people have applied for the post of the coach, out of these ten people nine are former cricketers have applied for the post of the coach, these cricketers are Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma (Oman national team coach) and Phil Simmons along with Upendranath Brahmachari an engineer with no cricketing background.
Cricket Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly had earlier said that Indian captain Virat Kohli will be consulted over the selection of the new national coach. Kohli is not expected to return to India before July 17 as he is currently enjoying a break after the limited-overs series against the West Indies.
This will be Shastri’s third stint with the national cricket team. Shastri had earlier been the Cricket Manager for the team during the 2007 tour to Bangladesh then later from August 2014 to June 2016 he was the team director.