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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.”

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“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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Ravi Shastri

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.”

Ravi Shastri

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.

Also Read: CAC Did Not Meet With Anil Kumble

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.

Ravi 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.

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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.

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Anil Kumble

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has decided to keep Anil Kumble as head coach of India’s Team, says source to NDTV.

On Thursday night, the three-member panel met and it is learnt that trio, who had lead in Kumble in place of Ravi Shastri, are not too eager on replacing the leg-spinner. Save one office-bearer and the others are against setting an example where almost the Indian captain decides on who will be the coach of the side.

According to the reports, the BCCI said in a statement late night that “The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the BCCI met today and discussed the process with regard to the selection of the Head Coach of the Senior India Men team and it was decided by the CAC to revert to the BCCI, at an appropriate time.”

Anil Kumble

BCCI president CK Khanna said on Thursday, “Whether it is Anil Kumble retained or anyone else roped in, whoever gets the job will be given a contract till 2019 World Cup.”

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The news of skipper Virat Kohli’s alleged difference with Kumble has been making rounds for some time now. The BCCI invited applications for coach’s post and even a section of officials, who are anti-Kumble, convinced Virender Sehwag to apply for the post.

Anil Kumble

The BCCI official said “On one hand, team has had great performances under Kumble. If the team reaches semi-final or say final, the BCCI would cut a sorry figure if they are forced to replace Kumble. On the other hand, cricket teams are essentially run by captains. One needs to respect a captain’s viewpoint also. It’s a Catch-22 situation for CAC members.”

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The scale of the problem according to BCCI insiders has been blown out of proportion, the source, “Virat has never come and told any BCCI official that he doesn’t want to work with Kumble. And moreover, if Kumble and Virat don’t get along, what is the guarantee that Viru (Sehwag) and Virat will be on the same page. Everyone in Indian cricketing circuit knows that Sehwag is also a no-nonsense person.”

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