Ravi Shastri formally applies for head coach job

MUMBAI, 3rd July: Ravi Shastri has formally applied for the post of India cricket team’s chief coach. Shastri confirmed to Hindustan Times that he has sent in his application to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which has kept July 9 as the deadline. There are some high profile names in the fray, including Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody, but Shastri is the frontrunner for the job.

Shastri did well in his first stint as the Team Director from 2014 to 2016. In that period, he established a good rapport with captain Virat Kohli. He is also known to have the backing of the BCCI officials. During Shastri's tenure, India won limited overs away series against England in 2014, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and World T20 (2015 and 2016 respectively), won away Test series against Sri Lanka, home series against South Africa and T20 away series against Australia.

The new coach will be picked by the three-man Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising 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 had not applied for the job when the BCCI had first asked for applications for the national coach’s position but after Anil Kumble decided to opt out of the race, the former India all-rounder 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, Sourav Ganguly, who is part of the CAC had a public spat with Shastri over how the coach selection process was conducted. Then candidates who had applied in the first window, like Virender Sehwag, had felt hard done. The former India batsman had to be convinced by some of the Board officials to apply for the position.

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