As Ravi Shastri’s name floats, BCCI says no decision yet on India coach

Minutes after reports of Ravi Shastri's appointment as India head coach, Board of Control for Cricket in India has denied former team director's return to the helm and said discussions are still on and no decision has been made yet.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 13, 2017 6:23 pm
Ravi Shastri, Indian coach, Indian Express Ravi Shastri was on Tuesday appointed team India’s coach. (Source: PTI)

Minutes after reports of Ravi Shastri’s appointment as India head coach, Board of Control for Cricket in India has denied former team director’s return to the helm. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said discussions are still on and no decision has been made yet. The CAC had on Monday interviewed Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput for the post. It had also decided to announce the name of India coach on July 10 but maintained silence after the interviews of the candidates. But, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai asked the CAC to announce the name of India coach on Tuesday.

The post of the coach was vacant after former India captain Anil Kumble resigned after “differences” with captain Virat Kohli. He was the coach of the Indian team for one year and was asked to continue till India’s tour of West Indies which concluded on Sunday but the former spinner decided to step down after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Shastri has earlier held the position of Team Director in the Indian team after India’s tour of England in 2014 in which India lost the Test series 3-1. But, under him, the team reached the semi-final of 2015 ODI Wolrd Cup and later the semi-final of World T20 2016, which was his last assignment with the team as Team Director.

India’s next assignment will be a full tour to Sri Lanka in which they play three Tests, five one-day internationals and one T20 international. India also have a scheduled tour to South Africa after an home ODI series against Australia.

The new coach of the Indian team will be at the position till the 2019 World Cup. India reached the semis in 2015 and would look to post a good show in the prestigious tournament in England. The new coach will need to build a team around the current core group of players and this will be a big task for both him and captain Virat Kohli.

Kumble had a great record as coach, winning every bilateral series as the coach and only lost the Champions Trophy last month. In the final, India lost to Pakistan which ended their reign as the champions of the tournament which India had won under MS Dhoni in 2013.

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  1. B
    Jul 11, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    Money makes people dance!
    1. A
      Jul 11, 2017 at 9:06 pm
      Why hesitation in the appointment of Ravi Shastri, a worthy and suitable man. I do not think there is any one else who can do this job better than him. Ganguly Shuly are just talkers no where near the qualities of a worthy coach.
      1. Kuldeep Saxena
        Jul 11, 2017 at 8:12 pm
        Really shocking that the BCCI lacks certain things number one is it on the consent of the caption for selection of the coach, really immature decision by the team selecting the coach. Shastri he must retire. Mr Shastri has already been holding lot many positions, need to introduce some new faces. Even the selection committee needs a change as it is felt that Mr. Saurav Gangauli seems to be quiet immature. Another important thing is that how far the people deciding for the team Coach needs the consent of the caption. I do think that the team is guided by the coach and probable if I am correct there is no need for the approval of the caption needed, or they are simply trying to find the comfort level of the Caption. Captain's consent can play a vital role for selection of team members but how you can justify the say of caption in the selection of Coach.
        1. subramanian natarajan
          Jul 11, 2017 at 7:58 pm
          Please for god's sake, let the interviews be treated as not jokes or else, no one will apply for these cooked up post. Already, needle of suspicion hangs on the final match. With billions at command, please do not cave in for money.
          1. S
            Jul 11, 2017 at 7:28 pm
            Kick out to Virat Kohli and Shastri out of BCCI. Both are thinking that the BCCI is in their foot. . they are thinking that they will get what ever they demands. Now it is to be decided by BCCI .
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