Former skipper Ravi Shastri has been appointed as head coach of the Indian cricket team until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup, Times of India reported. Shastri was Team India Director from August 2014 to April 2016.
Former fast bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan was appointed the bowling coach while former batting great and captain Rahul Dravid was named batting consultant for specific overseas tours, according to BCCI acting president CK Khanna.
“On Cricket Advisory Committee’s recommendation, we have decided to appoint Ravi Shastri as the chief coach while Zaheer Khan will be appointed bowling coach for a period of two years,” Khanna confirmed the development.
Zaheer, who last played international cricket in 2014, has played 92 Tests and 200 one-day internationals for India and bagged 311 and 282 wickets respectively while Dravid, who has played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs has scored 13,288 and 10,889 runs respectively.
The 55-year-old Shastri beat the likes of former India big-hitter Virender Sehwag, former Sri Lanka coach and current coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad Tom Moody, current Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput and former Pakistan and Bangladesh coach and director of West Indies cricket Richard Pybus in the coach race.
BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Monday said that it would seek the inputs of India skipper Virat Kohli before announcing Anil Kumble’s successor. CAC member Sourav Ganguly had on Monday said they are in no hurry in revealing the coach and Kohli had to be apprised of their decision.
Ganguly and VVS Laxman interviewed five candidates inside the Wankhede Stadium while Sachin Tendulkar joined via video conference from the UK on Skype. Barring Sehwag, who was there for two hours, before leaving for a family vacation to Canada, none of the applicants were physically present at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, and were being interviewed over Skype.
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