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Ravi Shastri

After taking the position from Anil Kumble as an Indian coach, Ravi Shastri is very clear on one thing that ‘the captain is the boss of the team. He and his backroom staff are only to help the players are in the right frame of mind to perform at their best.

Shastri was a team director just before Kumble was appointed as coach last year, he said disappointed when he was overlooked as head coach in 2016. However, after Kumble’s contract expired in June 2017, BCCI decided not to renew it and sent out an advertisement seeking candidates for the position.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman finding India’s next coach told the BCCI that Kumble remained their first choice. But Kumble stepped down after realising the differences between him and the captain Virat Kohli had become “untenable.”

Ravi Shastri

Talking about earlier selection, recent new Indian coach Shastri said to ‘Times of India’ “I had not really wrapped my head around the gravity of the situation. There was nothing personal. I really hadn’t begun to understand the seriousness of this. But when I sat down and gave it a serious thought, I began to tell myself.”

“Here is a unit that I have been part of and enjoyed a great working relationship with. Having been part of the unit that helped it become No. 1, I thought the onus is on me now to make it work again, in the best interests of everybody involved. That’s when I knew it’s time for me to apply again.”

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Taking about happy to let the captain charge, Shastri said “It’s always the captain’s team and it is the leader who calls the shots. That’s how it has always worked. A coach’s role, effectively speaking, is to stay in the background and let the onus be on the players.”

Ravi Shastri

“The coach and support staff’s role is to get the players in the most brilliant frame of mind to execute things and if done effectively, it brings enjoyment to the player’s game.”

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Shastri said about his relationship with the support staff, “I’m simply going to press the refresh button and begin from where I left. I know what I’m stepping into, players have an idea of what’s coming, so that ticks the first box.”

“Just to give you an idea, I won’t be spending the first six to eight months in the job warming up to the team. That had already been accomplished in my previous stint. This time, it’s going to be about getting on the job from day one.”

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Zaheer Khan

Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Thursday wrote a letter in a plain paper to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai and BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, asking them to clear the air with a view to the appointment of the Indian men’s cricket team head coach and specialists.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s CAC Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman selected Ravi Shastri as the Indian men’s cricket head coach and Zaheer Khan as bowling coach and Rahul Dravid as batting coach.

The claim leveled against CAC is that the committee goes beyond its brief with Zaheer and Dravid as support staff. “There have been suggestions that the CAC has exceeded its ambit in going with Mr. Khan and Mr. Dravid, and that these two legends of Indian cricket have been foisted on the head coach.”

“We also bring to your notice that the mail you had circulated to us saying that we had an absolutely free hand in picking the coach of the Indian cricket team. Also, we did inform you over the phone, along with Rahul Johri (BCCI CEO) and Amitabh Choudhary, of all that transpired immediately after the meeting was over.”

Zaheer Khan

“As we have outlined, that is not the case, and it is imperative that the public is made aware of the reality. We could do it ourselves, of course, but we don’t want to further queer the pitch. So we would respectfully request you to clear the air and set the record straight in this regard,” CAC members wrote this letter.

According to the reports, Shastri wants Bharat Arun as full-time bowling coach. As both of them have been worked together during his director from August 2014 to March 2016 and the new coach wanted a meeting.

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However, on Wednesday Ganguly said to The Indian Express that the CAC had recommended Zaheer and Dravid as bowling and batting consultants in that order after consulting Shastri. “He (Shastri) was consulted by Sachin. That’s why we had asked for time.”

Zaheer Khan

On Thursday, the BCCI release that “The recommendation for Mr. Ravi Shastri was made on the merit of his presentation and the vision that he projected for taking the team to greater heights.”

“After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having Batting and Bowling consultants on the overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team.”

New Indian coach Shastri said in several interviews that he would be happy to have the knowledge of Zaheer and Dravid on foreign tours. CoA member said to The Indian Express that the BCCI acting secretary and CEO to be directed to speaks to the new Indian coach about this matter.

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COA

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked to BCCI to announce the new Indian men’s cricket head coach today. The boards of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had delayed the announcement after taking interview of five candidates on Monday. But, COA doesn’t want any delay, therefore, directed the BCCI.

The CAC member Ganguly said on Monday, “We want to speak to Virat Kohli, once he is back from America, all three of us, the respective people concerned, we will explain to him that the coaches want to function in a certain way and make sure everybody is on the same page once we make the announcement. Once, we make the announcement, it has to be till the World Cup.”

The CoA member said to The Indian Express that “We were actually very generously wanting to build up consensus and that’s why we were waiting for them (BCCI members) to hold the SGM.”

COA

 

“We held back (the status report) for that only. But now they are totally disruptive. We actually spent the last four-five months trying to build consensus, facing criticism in the process.”

“See, we can’t enforce the new constitution on the BCCI or state associations. The court has to do it. The status report has asked for directions from the court, making it very clear that the CoA has tried everything possible but they (BCCI members) are not coming around, thereby making us recommend the imposition of the new constitution. Three-four elements in the entire BCCI are disrupting the process.”

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Sourav Ganguly

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has announced that the finalist candidate for a head coach will be late as they needed more time and wanted to discuss with skipper Virat Kohli before the decision is taken.

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said “Whatever, I say, I take Laxman and Sachin into confidence. It’s a decision we all three have taken. We have interviewed all the candidates except Phil Simmons who has not been available for the interview and we have decided that we will hold on for the time being for the announcement of the coach.”

“We need a few more days and talk to a few more people especially the captain and then make an announcement because we feel that there is no hurry at the moment.”

Talking about team India that played West Indies series without the coach, Ganguly said “For the Sri Lanka tour coming up in a week’s time, board headed by Amitabh (Choudhary), Rahul (Johri), Vinod ji (Rai), Anirudh (Choudhary), the board will probably continue with the same set for the time being.”

Sourav Ganguly

The CAC wanted to have some discussion with captain Kohli before announcing the new coach. “We want to speak to Virat Kohli, once he is back from America, all three of us, the respective people concerned, we will explain to him that the coaches want to function in a certain way and make sure everybody is on the same page once we make the announcement.”

“Once, we make the announcement, it has to be till the World Cup and to be honest what we have heard from the coaches today is nothing different from what we heard last year and the way things have gone. We have been happy after hearing to what and how they want to go about the job. So for that point, we will have everybody on the same page and take the call in the course of time.”

The member of CAC VVS Laxman said that the candidates interviewed were Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus, Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody.

Ganguly said that the Indian cricket board and CAC are in no hurry picking for the new coach of the Indian men’s cricket head coach. “We are in no hurry and we are not just looking at the Sri Lanka tour because it is a long tour. The thing that is important for us that everybody is in synchronisation of the way forward because we don’t want to see six-months down the line doing something different.”

Sourav Ganguly

“I thought the presentations were outstanding, exactly what coaches want to do in the system because we have played the game. We have been under different coaches. They all have different methods but the crux of the matter doesn’t change. That’s why we think Virat Kohli whom we respect so much is an important part of the cog.”

“I was captain, Laxman was one of the best players in the world so we understand where it goes. We will take a call which is the best way forward for the team and the boys. They are going to play and they are going to give results to the country and that’s what most important for us.”

Asked about the conclusion of the process, Ganguly said “Process is concluded and as I said we need to speak to people who will matter because as out job finishes, their job starts and that is more important. That’s the way we look at it and that’s the way we would be addressing. It’s all done and the key of the moment is how we are going to go forward.”

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Anurag Thakur

Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Anurag Thakur said that the ‘contemptuous’ portion of his October 15, 2016, affidavit was dictated by International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief Shashank Manohar.

On Friday, July 7th, the Supreme Court agreed to drop dislike proceedings in opposition to Anurag Thakur and requested to tender him ‘unconditional and unambiguous’ apology for allegedly misleading the courtroom by making false statements and obstructing implementation of Justice Lodha committee report on modification in cricket administration.

Former BCCI Chief Thakur said about his affidavit filed through advocate Abhinav Mukherji, “During my visit to Cape Town, South Africa, on October 12, 2016 for an ICC meeting, I brought the order of the SC to the notice of ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and showed Manohar the points and basis on which I was going  to depose in the affidavit before the SC  with a view to ensure that the discussion that had taken place was accurately placed on record before the court.”

Thakur added, “Thereafter, Manohar personally dictated a portion of my affidavit. The dictation was taken down by my executive assistant Krishna Pophale in my presence. At the end of this dictation, Manohar had also remarked that it was natural for me (Thakur) to ask him (Manohar) for a clarification as I was not a lawyer and did not understand the nitty gritties of the issue. Accordingly, para 3 and 4 of my affidavit dated October 15, 2016, filed before the Supreme Court are based on the dictation of Manohar.”

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Anurag said that ICC CEO David Richardson was in the circle and agreed with the portion dictated by Manohar. “After the conclusion of the dictation of Manohar, I forwarded the dictated paragraph to David Richardson from my email account on October 14, 2016, with a request to confirm (correctness of) the contents.”

Anurag Thakur

He added, “David Richardson by way of an email dated October 14, 2016, confirmed the facts and events which took place as mentioned in my email to him. Anurag said further said about attached copy of the email with recent affidavit before the SC.

“Based on the contents of the email sent by me, it was told to the SC that I (Thakur) has tried to mislead the court and had committed perjury and contempt.”

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At no point in time did the deponent (Thakur) ever seek out any other letter from the chairman of ICC other than the letter clarifying the position which Manohar had taken as BCCI president as has already been stated in the October 15 affidavit.”

Former BCCI chief added, “However, the SC was pleased to initiate Suo Motu criminal prosecution and contempt proceedings against the deponent without hearing the version of events being repeatedly pleaded by the senior counsel appearing for BCCI (Kapil Sibal).”

“If the aforesaid action of seeking a clarificatory letter has created an impression that he would seek to undermine the judgment of the Supreme Court or that he has committed perjury or contempt, then the same is absolutely incorrect as this war never the intention of the deponent.”

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Rameez Raja

Former Pakistan opener Rameez Raja questioned to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) about the decision allowing Mahendra Singh Dhoni a Grade A contract in spite of retiring from Test cricket in 2014.

Raja comes with heavily on the Indian Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for neglecting Test cricket as a result of which the longer edition of the game is losing its importance in the sub-continent.

On Tuesday, Raja, who was a member of the important MCC World Cricket Committee, attended the body’s meeting.

When asked by AFP, former Pak’s opener Raja said that “You have to acknowledge and respect the status of Test match cricket and it has to come from the cricket boards, in Asia specifically.”

He added, “For example, MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from the BCCI, Shahid Afridi retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from PCB.”

Rameez Raja

When India was touring Australia, Dhoni was called in time on his Test career in 2014. Afridi takes a decision to call it in 2010 after playing a Test match in almost four years in England.

Raja said, “It is under a lot of stress in Asia but if we have a properly planned Test match championship, that’s the way out of this, otherwise we will be struggling to put aside as much money as is available for the T20 leagues.”

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Speaking about the growing popularity of T20 domestic leagues in the sub-continent can also be a reason for Test cricket’s disappearing status.

Rameez Raja

The 54-year-old former opener said “It’s got to get better. In Asia, for example, because of poor Test match scheduling, the internet is dwindling. When you go back home you are never sure if you are going to have a one-Test series, a two-Test series or whether you are going to have a Test series at all.”

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Speaking about the prospects of organising a World Test Championship, “I feel that the ICC ahs a decent plan in the shape of the World Test Championship. There should be a window for that and everything else should stop for a period of two months so the best players are available to play Test cricket,” said Raja.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be soon inviting applications for the Indian team manager’s post. For the post, only former players will be able to apply for the job.

BCCI said to The Indian Express media that application will be invited for those who have played First-Class or International Cricket will be accepted for the job.

The post was earlier treated as a junket for board members, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to stop the practice. And the role of manager came after the Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble issue hit the headlines.

According to the sources BCCI statement, it is learned that “Only cricketers can become managers. Cricketers who have played First-Class or international cricket. We discussed whether members who have done a good job in the past should be allowed to take part in the application process.”

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“However, we felt having cricketers as managers will help because they can understand what players’ needs are. Those cricketers who are having any post in associations can apply but will have to give up their post once picked.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India

Former India opener WV Ramen is soon to be given as temporary coach of the India Under-19 team for their upcoming tour of England. As Rahul Dravid has accepted to continue his coaching role for the India Under-19 and India A teams. However, he will be head to South Africa with India A and will not travel with India Under-19 as both tours will take place at the same time.

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The BCCI said to The Indian Express about Raman, “He knows all these boys and has been working in the NCA with them. Raman is the right candidate for the task and anyways he is in regular touch with Dravid.”

Fielding coach Abhay Sharma also will travel with the India Under-19 team. The board has not given him a two-year deal but would review his contract series by series. However, BCCI decided that bowling coach will not send with the team.

The India Under-19 will play their tournament for two four-day games and five one-day against England which will begins on 19 July. But, the board has given the power to choose his own support staff for the India A tour.

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Cheteshwar Pujara

Indian right-handed batsman Cheteshwar Pujara feels that he needs to play country cricket again. He started gearing up for a quick communication with the media on the sidelines of the launch of a showroom ‘Sports Supplier’, there was a proposal put to him that he could have had a longer stay in Chennai. “I’ve to go back and start preparing for the Sir Lankan series. That is much more important.”

Pujara’s said that if he gave a chance, he will be playing country cricket as he enjoyed his last match in England country. “It was great to be associated with Nottinghamshire. I enjoyed playing on wickets in England in challenging conditions. Facing fast bowlers/seamers there is a different experience when compared to playing in India. I am happy that I was able to cope well and score runs.”

When asked about comeback into the Test side scoring 145 unbeaten, Pujara said “It was a special inning because I was making my comeback. I was under a lot of pressure. It was a career-defining innings because I had to score in that match and prove that I belong there.”

Cheteshwar Pujara

“After the kind of start I had to my international career, I always felt that I belonged to the top level but it was a matter of proving it once again. As a cricketer, you need to learn to handle your failures as well.”

Talking about work experience playing under Rahul Dravid, Pujara said “I will always be grateful to him for being around whenever I have needed his guidance. He is someone who has a lot of experience and is very humble.”

“When I was leading the India ‘A’ side, luckily Rahul Bhai was there. He told me that there was nothing wrong with my technique and stressed on believing in myself.”

Cheteshwar Pujara

Asked about top players that should seek opportunities to play country cricket, Pujara said “I really enjoyed playing there. You learn so many things. Most of the times, you play on challenging seamer-friendly pitches, which are obviously rare in India. It’s a different experience altogether.”

“I also got to know the likes of Stuart Broad and Samit Patel, which was nice considering they have been my opponents in the past. I would like to go back and play county cricket again if the opportunity presents itself. I definitely think more Indian players should play county cricket, but it also depends on the schedule,” said Pujara.

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