Ravi Shastri head coach of the Indian Cricket Team will be ending his stint later this month. After completing his two-year extended stint that began in July 2017, Shastri’s position for the role remained a direct entry for the selection process that is on right now.
Under Shastri, India has won more than 70% of their matches. They have won the test series with Australia, two Asia Cup titles and a win in 50 over World Cup. They also won a defining victory in the third of the three-test series last year.
The Captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli spoke while departing to the West Indies tour, said that he wants Shastri to retain as their head coach.
“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 so far,” – Virat Kohli said.
A deadline to submit applications for the role of the head coach and support staff ended on Tuesday. There was only one other profile suitable to the post which was picked up by the BCCI and that was Tom Moody. Tom Moody is currently the director of Caribbean Premier League, has been associated with IPL for a long time.
Shastri and bowling coach Barat Arun is said to retain their positions. The batting coach and the fielding coach are yet to be focused.
“Nothing permanent with a long-term effect should happen at this stage of transition. Shastri and Kohli complement each other well and it would be unfair to change half of a team that has been successful,” – officials said.
“The board is likely to revisit the position of batting coach and look for a suitable profile. It’s a little early to say how that will work out but unlikely that Sanjay Bangar will continue. There’s a need to get someone with fresh ideas going forward,” – Sources said.