BCCI confirms Ravi Shastri as new Team India head coach

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NEW DELHI, 11th July: Staying with the tradition of the last few months, BCCI’s appointment of the next Indian coach too was a dragged-out controversy that lasted two whole days. At the end of it all though, we can now officially confirm, Ravi Shastri is indeed the new coach of the Indian cricket team. The official confirmation has been made by the BCCI in a press release. Ace Indian player Zaheer Khan has been appointed bowling coach of Indian cricket team, said a BCCI statement.

"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," BCCI acting president CK Khanna confirmed the development to PTI today. Just a few hours ago, news outlets reported that Ravi Shastri had indeed been appointed Anil Kumble’s replacement. However, not long after, BCCI Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary announced at the board headquarters that no such decision had been made, adding that “The CAC is still deliberating over it”.

Just over two weeks after Anil Kumble stepped down as the Indian cricket coach, former Team Director Ravi Shastri has officially been appointed the coach of the Indian Cricket Team, say media reports. 24 hours clearly seem to be enough time to make a phone call and now, Shastri has been brought on board on a two year contract, leading up to the 2019 ICC World Cup. His first assignment now will be the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in which India travel to the neighbouring nation for a 3 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20 series, starting 26 July.


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