Indian cricket team coach selection: In a major development, Ravi Shastri has been appointed as the new coach of Indian cricket team, ANI reported. Addressing the media, Amitabh Chaudhary of BCCI said,”CAC is still deliberating; formal announcement could be made later. “The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) met in Mumbai on Monday to scrutinise candidates for the high-profile job of the Indian men’s cricket team coach. Shastri had initially not applied for the post but when the BCCI extended the deadline for acceptance of applications till July 9, the former skipper jumped into the fray and suddenly became the hot favourite. For the record, BCCI received 10 CVs — Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma (Oman national team coach), Phil Simmons and Upendranath Brahmachari (engineer with no cricketing background).
Earlier, in the day, Cricket Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly had asserted that Indian captain Virat Kohli will be consulted while selecting the new national coach.
Kohli is not expected to be back in the country before July 17 as he is currently enjoying a break after the limited-overs series against the West Indies.
The CAC, which also includes Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, conducted interviews for the coach’s position yesterday but did not announce the final decision. Ganguly had stated that the CAC needed some more time to work it out. “We respect his (Virat’s) decision. At the end of the day it is his team, he is going to lead the team. He (Virat) will be consulted and no, he will not be the main person and he doesn’t want to be the main person,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event for Mumbai-based entertainment company Flickstree.
The position had fallen vacant after former head coach and legendary spinner Anil Kumble resigned from the post before the West Indies series due to differences with skipper Virat Kohli.