Former India allrounder and captain Ravi Shastri, who was team director of the Indian men’s cricket team from August 2014 to April 2016, has been appointed as head coach for a two-year period until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Former fast bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan was appointed the bowling coach and former batting great and captain Rahul Dravid was named batting consultant for specific overseas tours.
“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,” said BCCI acting president CK Khanna
Key Points To Look Out For:
- Shastri has been appointed until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup.
- Rahul Dravid was named batting consultant for specific overseas tours.
- Shastri will link up with the squad before its departure for Sri Lanka.
- Shastri was appointed as the Director of the team in 2014. Soon after then coach Duncan Fletcher’s tenure ended, he was given the additional charge to coach the team till 2016.
He was a member of the IPL Governing Council and has served in various capacities at the BCCI. Incidentally, he had lost out to Kumble in the race to become the coach in 2016.
His on-field achievements include playing 80 Test matches and 150 ODIs, where he picked 151 wickets in Tests and scored 11 tons in the format. He was also part of India’s 1983 World Cup winning squad. He was also named the Player of the Tournament in the 1985 World Championship of Cricket.
On Monday, the panel had interviewed six shortlisted candidates that included Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Phil Simmons and Lalchand Rajput.
Ganguly and VVS Laxman sat together inside the Wankhede Stadium while Sachin Tendulkar joined via video conference from the UK.
Barring Sehwag, none of the applicants were physically present at the BCCI headquarters, instead of being interviewed over Skype.
The news came a day after the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) announced that it would seek Indian captain Virat Kohli’s inputs before announcing the man to replace Anil Kumble in the most high-profile coaching role in the sport.
Addressing a press conference after a nearly six-hour interview process with the five aforementioned candidates at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Monday, CAC member Sourav Ganguly had said that Kohli, who is currently out of the country, had to be apprised of their decision before the next coach could be revealed.