Ravi Shastri has announced that he will be applying for the post as head coach of the Indian cricket team. He is a former India all-rounder and has also held the role of team director. The role of head coach is once again available after Anil Kumble resigned last week.
Kumble Resigns After Clashes with Kohli
Kumble held the head coach role for one year, however, after a number of clashes with the Indian team’s skipper, Virat Kohli, he made the decision that he would not extend his contract. His one-year contract ended at the same time that the Champions Trophy did.
While Kohli said that there was no rift between him and Kumble, the team’s coach held a different view. Soon after Kumble resigned, he posted the following on Twitter: “The captain had reservations with my ‘style’… In light of these ‘reservations’, I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit.”
Cricket Advisory Committee to Choose Next Head Coach
The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) had announced in May that the post would be available and began accepting applications. This was in addition to those who had already been shortlisted – Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, Virender Sehwag, and Richard Pybus.
Shastri had not entered his name in the list of potential applicants, however, he can still apply since the late submissions date is 9th July 2017. The new head coach will be picked by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which comprises of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly.
Last year, Shastri had applied for the role of head coach, and had hoped to be given the position since the team had done well when he was director from August 2014 until 2016. After Kumble received the post a year ago, Shastri accused Ganguly, of lacking professionalism. It is well known in cricket circles that the two do not get along.