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Ravi Shastri applies for Team India’s Head Coach Job

Former India Team Director Ravi Shastri is set to apply for the Team India head coach post after BCCI asked him to apply for the job. After Anil Kumble’s resignation BCCI extended the date for applications till July 9.

According to a close source of Shastri ‘Ravi is very interested and will be applying for the coach’s post very soon.’

It was learned that when BCCI asked him to apply for the post, Shastri told BCCI that if they assure him the job then he would apply. If he finally becomes the coach then he will stay till 2019 World Cup.

Shastri also told BCCI that if he is selected then he will get his own team of support staffs that means Sanjay Bangar will manage to save his job while former Indian bowling coach Bharath Arun will back in the team.

Shastri, who had played the role of Team Director from August 2014 to June 2016, had to step down and applied for the head coach job but Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) selected their former teammate Kumble as head coach.

During the interview for head coach Shastri decided to do it from Bangkok which didn’t go well with CAC’s most powerful man Sourav Ganguly, who left the interview panel and after the incident, Shastri shelled guns against Ganguly, who also slammed Shastri for his outrageous decision.

Though, Shastri is a favourite man of Kohli the former Indian skipper has to work on the issue to give an interview to CAC, a panel which has Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman.

As Shastri doesn’t share a good relation with Ganguly he will have to work on the issue.

However, Shastri as a Team Director has done a remarkable job. After the away series defeat to England in 2014 and in Australia, he helped Team India to play semifinal of 2015 World Cup against champion Australia and 2016 World T20 semifinal against eventual champion West Indies. Under his tenure, Team India won a Test series in Sri Lanka for the first time in 22 years and at home, India defeated South Africa. India also won a T20 series in Australia before lifting the Asia Cup T20 in Bangladesh.

 

 

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