On Tuesday, former Indian team director Ravi Shastri takes a decision to apply for the post of Indian men’s cricket head coach. Since he became the director of the team between 2014 and 2016 during which he led India to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2015.
Last year he had applied for the post but Anil Kumble was chosen over him. After Kumble resigned as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took a decision that not to extend his one-year contract and invited fresh applications for the post.
Legendary right-arm leg-spinner Kumble’s agreement has expired after the ICC Champions Trophy and also he was not ready to extend his job for one year.
After resigning as the head coach, former Indian captain said in a statement on his Twitter account that “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.”
The situation had snowballed just previous to the ICC Champions Trophy with the BCCI questioning a press release, asking for applications for the post of Indian men’s cricket head coach.
Former team director was not the applicant among the people who had applied for the job of Head Coach when BCCI has subjected the first release. The list of the people who applied for the post included Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput.
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During Shastri leading as Team Director, Indian has won the Test series against Sri Lanka and also outplayed South Africa at 3-0 in a four-Test home series before starting the Asia Cup.
After that, Shastri greatly wanted to continue his association with the Indian team, but the BCCI (CAC) Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman selected Kumble as the Indian team Head Coach ahead of Shastri.
But now, it might be very interesting to know whether Shastri appears for an interview with CAC or directly chosen for the top job. As Shastri and Ganguly don’t get along is no secret in India’s cricketing circles.
It was all out in the open soon after the BCCI appointed Kumble as coach of the Indian cricket team in 2016 after discussing with the Cricket Advisory Committee, of which Ganguly is a part. Shastri and Ganguly then went on to trade several blows in full public view, accusing each other of lacking professionalism
Talking to Wisden India, Shastri said to MS Dhoni that as ‘dada captain’ and omitted Ganguly’s name from the list of the best Indian skippers.