New Delhi, August 16: Ravi Shastri will continue as the head coach of Team India till November 2021. Shastri on Friday came on top leaving behind Mike Hesson of New Zealand and Australian Tom Moody announced former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, who headed the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) tasked with selecting the next head coach of the Indian cricket team.
Kapil Dev said that the three CAC members gave numbers to all the contenders and after the final tally Ravi Shastri came first followed by Hesson and Moody at second and third place respectively.
A total of six nominations were received by the CAC for the position. These were Shastri, Hesson, Moody, former Indian cricketers Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh, and former West Indian player Phil Simmons. But Simmons backed out on Friday citing personal reasons.
Robin Singh, who represented India in just one Test and 136 ODIs between 1989 and 2001 besides coaching Team Mumbai in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since joining the franchise in 2010, was the first to appear before the CAC for the interview at the BCCI headquarter in Mumbai. He was followed by Lalchand, Hesson, Moody and Shastri.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had invited applications for the head coach’s position after the contracts of Shastri and his support staff ended following the ICC World Cup in July 2019.
Shastri, who served as the team director of Team India till 2016 when India lost in the World T20 semi-finals, was appointed as the head coach of the national side in 2017 following former India great Anil Kumble’s departure. He was then given a 45-day extension following the 2019 ICC World Cup keeping in mind the ongoing West Indies tour. (ZeeNews)