The focus is back on Ravi Shastri as the former Team India director has been appointed as the new head coach for a two-year period until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting president CK Khanna also said that former pacer Zaheer Khan will take over the position of bowling coach for the team. ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid has been appointed as batting consultant on a non-permanent basis for specific overseas tours.
However, Sanjay Bangar will remain team’s batting coach. The news was confirmed in an email by the BCCI just before 11 am on Tuesday. Earlier in a press conference addressed by Amitabh Choudhary, he had informed the media that the names for the post of Indian Team coach were under deliberation process and no appointment had been done yet.
While addressing the media over new Head Coach of Team India, BCCI’s Amitabh Chaudhary said, “CAC is still deliberating over the applicants and a formal announcement could be made later.” Speaking to the reporters later in the day, former skipper Sourav Ganguly said that the reports of Ravi Shastri named as coach was ‘confusion’ and nothing had been finalised yet.
The announcement of new coach for Team India was being delayed by the CAC as it was keen on consulting skipper Virat Kohli over the coach issue. However, the CAC was later directed by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to speed up the process and provide with the end result on Tuesday.
Ravi Shastri rendered his services as a cricketer of the Indian cricket team for over a decade and played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs scoring 3830 and 3108 runs in the respective formats. Not just that, the all-rounder also snapped 151 wickets in Tests and 129 in ODIs before he retired and became part of the commentary box.