Ravi Shastri has thrown his hat in the gang to become Team India head coach as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) searches for Anil Kumble’s replacement, who stepped down from the office following the differences with India skipper Virat Kohli, earlier this month.
Shastri had previously acted as Team India director, before Kumble became Indian coach last year.
While BCCI has the likes of Virender Sehwag, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Tom Moody shortlisted, the Indian cricket board has held out the deadline to get an application for the role of India head coach in July 9.
In the past, Shastri and Kohli had enjoyed a strong working relationship.
In fact, it was reported that Kohli wanted Shastri at the helm of the affairs before the Cricket Advisory Committee of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman picked the old leg-spinner over Shastri.
Nevertheless, with Kumble is stepping down, saying that the “partnership” with Kohli was “untenable”. The CAC, within a year since Kumble’s appointment, will once again possess the job to pick India coach.
Shastri, who is currently in London, confirmed to The New Indian Express about his decision to apply for the role of Team India head coach. “Yes, I have decided to apply for the job,” said Shastri.
In the beginning, there were reports of indicating Shastri would apply only if he is vouched to be turned over the job.
Shastri also quashed all such reports. The former India captain-turned-broadcaster said, “That’s all bull crap.”