India July 4(TNS): Ravi Shastri has formally applied for the post of India cricket team’s chief coach. The former India team director confirmed to Hindustan Times that he has sent in his application to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has fixed July 9 as the deadline.
There are some other high profile names in the fray, including Virender Sehwag and Australian Tom Moody, but Shastri is the frontrunner for the job. Former West Indies batsman and coach Phil Simmons has also joined the race for the India coach’s job, according to reports. Simmons has coached Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies. His most recent assignment was his home side, but fell out with the Windies board over his critical comments, leading to his exit.
The former India all-rounder well in his first stint with the Indian team of around a year and half from 2014 to 2016 when he established a good rapport with captain Virat Kohli. He is also known to have the backing of the BCCI officials.
Sunil Gavaskar, speaking to NDTV, credited Shastri for turning around India’s fortunes. “After India lost in England, the BCCI asked him to come in as a team director… suddenly there was a change in the team’s fortunes over a period of time.” Gavaskar also felt that Shastri was the front runner for the post of head coach.
“I would imagine the CAC would go back to a person the team feels comfortable with and give him the job,” Gavaskar said.
The new coach will be picked by the three-man Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman on July 10, immediately after India’s tour to the West Indies. The new coach will take charge of the Indian team for the series against Sri Lanka.
Shastri did not apply when the BCCI first invited applications for the national coach’s position, but after Anil Kumble decided to opt out of the race after the ICC Champions Trophy last month, he decided to throw his hat in the ring.
The coach selection process, however, has become a complicated situation for the BCCI and CAC. After Kumble was picked over Shastri last June, CAC member Ganguly had a public spat with Shastri over the selection process was conducted.
The candidates who had applied in the first window are feeling hard done by, Sehwag being one of them. In fact, Sehwag had to be convinced by some Board officials to apply for the post.Courtesy Hisdustan time.