Cricket

Ravi Shastri to remain Team India head coach until ICC T20 World Cup 2021, confirms Kapil Dev-led CAC

  • FirstCricket Staff
  • August 16th, 2019
  • 19:19:31 IST

Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy has announced that Ravi Shastri will continue in his capacity as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. He will thus be in charge of the Indian cricket team until 2021 World T20.

File image of India coach Ravi Shastri. AFP

File image of India coach Ravi Shastri. AFP

By staying on at the helm, Shastri beat other short-listed candidates in Mike Hesson, Robin Singh, Phil Simmons, Tom Moody and Lalchand Rajput for the role. Simmons had pulled out later in the day citing 'personal reasons'.

"Number three was Tom Moody, number two was Mike Hesson. Number one is Ravi Shastri as all of you were expecting... (But) It was a very close race," said Kapil at the press conference to announce the decision.

Shastri's contract ended after the 2019 World Cup where India lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals. He got a 45-day contract extension alongside rest of the coaches - Sanjay Bangar (batting), Bharat Arun (bowling) and R Sridhar (fielding).

The interviews for the coveted role were conducted at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. Former India all-rounder Robin Singh was first to appear for the interview. Rajput and Hesson also gave their presentations in person. Meanwhile, Moody and Shastri appeared via Skype. Simmons was slated to give his presentation via Skype as well before opting out.

India captain Virat Kohli had already put his weight behind Shastri's reappointment before departing for the West Indies. "The CAC hasn't contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I'll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven't been contacted," Kohli had said.

Meanwhile CAC member and former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad said: "The captain can say anything. It doesn't bother us. We are a committee. That's his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us."

As the CAC conducted the interviews and oversaw the presentation for the head coach, MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee made their choice for the batting, bowling and fielding coaches also on a two year contract.

The interviews for the specialist coaching roles are reported to commence next week, tentatively from 19-22 August.

Shastri, then team director, was initially appointed as Team India coach in 2017 by CAC members Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. He then had seen out competition posed by Virender Sehwag, Moody, Rajput and Richard Pybus.

Updated Date: August 16, 2019 19:19:31 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Shafali Verma drops a spot to second, Smriti Mandhana static at third in ICC T20 batters rankings
First Cricket News

Shafali Verma drops a spot to second, Smriti Mandhana static at third in ICC T20 batters rankings

The Australians dominate the ranking chart as besides Mooney, two other from the country – skipper Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy (6th) – feature in the top 10.

Rahul Dravid to take over as head coach of Indian team, say reports
First Cricket News

Rahul Dravid to take over as head coach of Indian team, say reports

Rahul Dravid is set to take over as the national cricket team's head coach after the T20 World Cup in the UAE, after he agreed to the BCCI's offer after initial reluctance.

India and England look most balanced for T20 World Cup, says Rashid Latif
First Cricket News

India and England look most balanced for T20 World Cup, says Rashid Latif

Latif said since T20 is an unpredictable format and one could not write off the Pakistan squad.