Ravi Shastri confirmed as India coach; Zaheer Khan bowling coach, Rahul Dravid also gets a role

Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team while former India cricketer Zaheer Khan was appointed as the bowling coach for the team. BCCI also handed former India skipper Rahul Dravid a role as batting consultant for specific overseas tours.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 13, 2017 6:21 pm
Ravi Shastri, Indian cricket team, BCCI, Head coach, Zaheer Khan, Cricket news, Indian team head coach, Indian Express Ravi Shastri was finally announced as team India’s head coach. (Express photo)

After much drama surrounding the appointment of team India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri was finally confirmed as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team on Tuesday. Reports on Tuesday evening had said that the former India cricketer is the new coach but Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) denied it only to confirm it later. The BCCI also announced that Zaheer Khan will be the bowling coach for the team and former India skipper Rahul Dravid was given the role of batting consultant for specific overseas tours.

Earlier during the day, there were several reports that declared Shastri as the coach. However, the BCCI categorically denied it. BCCI’s Acting Secretary, Amitabh Choudhary said, ” No decision has been made on the appointment of a new coach. The CAC is still deliberating over it.” But he did go on to say that he expected the announcement of India’s new coach by end of day on Tuesday.

PTI quoted BCCI acting president CK Khanna saying, “On Cricket Advisory Committee’s recommendation, we have decided to appoint Ravi Shastri as the chief coach while Zaheer Khan will be appointed bowling coach for a period of two years.”

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar had interviewed five candidates – Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag and Lalchand Rajput for the post and ultimately it was Shastri who secured the job.

In a statement released by BCCI, the board said that the three appointments have been done till the 2019 World Cup which will be held in England.

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“Shastri has been the Team Director in the past, and brings with him a wealth of experience, both as a player and as coach. Zaheer is a contemporary cricketer who assumed the mentoring role to a young fast bowling unit even during his playing days with India. His inputs will be of immense value to our young fast bowlers, who have shown tremendous potential in the last couple of years,” the statement said.

“As the Indian team is to play Test cricket overseas in the next two years, Rahul Dravid’s expertise as batting consultant will be immensely helpful for youngsters,” it added.

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    Niranjan Shah
    Jul 12, 2017 at 1:45 pm
    All appointments are sound decisions. Will serve Indian cricket immensely. Those who were not selected in spite of interviews can collect back their CVs and testimonials from the BCCI Secretary's office between 10am and 4pm on working days. They will be reimbursed second class railway ticket back and forth their place of origin along with a regret letter. However, their non-selection does not mean they are not qualified for the jobs at hand, it merely means that we do not have room to accommodate them at this juncture. However, they can continue to apply post world cup 2019 and again we will pay them second class rail ticket in reimbur t.
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      Chandrasekaran Venkataraman
      Jul 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm
      Shameful. BCICI succumbing to the pressures for reasons known to them ! Secondly, what is the role of Ravi Shastri as a Coach, if a bowling coach is appointed, and also a batting consultant ? Sheer waste of public money. Cricket in India still rotting despite good intentions of the Supreme Court to clean it up.
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        Jul 12, 2017 at 11:50 am
        1. C
          Jul 12, 2017 at 10:19 am
          Muzzies are very clever , they cover their girls head to toe in black cloth so that Hindus cannot snatch them from them . Then they go to liberal minded hindu girls and start nautanki and elope . Hindu men will just look on . Great strtegy . Also kill the girl and its relative if the refuse as seen in many cases . Girls like adventure and invaders and bad guys . it is proven by biology . Hindu girls will go to temple in the morning an do pooja and in the evening will open up with muzie guys. Thats what statistics says excluding some rare high profile bollywood cases .
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            Jul 12, 2017 at 11:01 am
            abe mutari......TOI- let paper (times of India) pe jaake apni bhadaas nikaal......hahahahaha...lagta hai teri girlfriend tera mooh kala karke bhaag gayi.....isliye u r crying
            1. J
              Jul 12, 2017 at 11:49 am
              What type of are you...lol
            2. C
              Jul 12, 2017 at 9:44 am
              Muslim must increase Muslim ppulation so that Hindus cannot show Hindu power on Muslim . Muslim start marrying Hindu girls so that Hindu ppulation will decline automatically.
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                Sashi Pillai
                Jul 12, 2017 at 9:27 am
                stop wasting your money watching cricket a sport run by the BCCI mafia and so called super stars like Tendulkar, Ganguly and commented by Gavaskar and company. Watch this space as Kohli the Punjabi peasant with limited education and big ego will fall soon and his coach the drunkard Shastri will be looking for another job.
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                  Jul 12, 2017 at 9:23 am
                  With Sanjay Bangar and Rahul Dravidian for batting coach, Zaheer Khan as bowling Coach, fielding coach , etc etc...What will Shastri do.....give lecture and appease Kohli . All Drama by the 3 so called wise men on a written script...and hapless Indian Cricket fans left to sulk on Defeat in Champions trophy.....and keep on buying tickets so that these great men make money and enjoy 5 Star comforts. Nothing changes in India and who knows will it ever change ? The system has made the common man gutless and helpless.
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                    Jul 12, 2017 at 9:17 am
                    Zaheer khan will get much support from sagarika ghatge in this job
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