Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Ravi Shastri to apply for Team India's head coach post

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The Indian cricket board has set the ball rolling by opening up the application process once again.

Ravi Shastri had previously worked as Team India director, before Kumble became Indian coach past year.

Shastri's return though will not be as easy as it appears, especially after his showdown with former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, one of the members of the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) previous year.

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The post of coach fell vacant earlier this month after Anil Kumble resigned from the post citing differences with Kohli. According to the New Indian Express, Shastri has thrown his name into contention after the BCCI, in the aftermath of Anil Kumble's resignation last week, chose to invite more applicants despite criticism by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

Former India captain and Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said that the unpleasant episode involving Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli should have been handled in a better way by the BCCI. The appointment of Indias coach took a new twist as Shastri appeared to be a front-runner a year after Kumble was favoured over him. It is already believed that Shastri shares a cordial relationship with Kohli and other members of the team. "I'm not exactly sure what will happen but I will find out", Ganguly, who is the only cricketer in the panel, said. The former spinner was offered a one-year contract. Shastri had served as the director of the Indian cricket team from 2014 to 2016. If appointed, Shastri will get a two-year contract and his term will run up to the 2019 World Cup. The candidate list thus stands as - Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus. In that case, the CAC may be directed to pick Ravi Shastri over the others. Shastri also rubbished claims that he will apply only after he is assured of getting the job. "At the end of the day, it is for the CAC to decide what is best for Indian cricket and if they feel the man who can do the job is Shastri, then why not", the official explained.

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