BCCI refuses to confirm Ravi Shastri as new coach of Indian cricket team


The BCCI on Tuesday said that it was holding on the announcement of the new coach for the Indian cricket team.

Speaking to reporters, the head Cricket Advisory Committee, Sourav Ganguly, said that whilst they had interviewed every prospective candidates except Phil Simmons, there was no hurry to announce the name of the coach.

Ganguly said that the members of the CAC will not meet the team skipper, Virat Kohli before making the final announcement.

The post of the Indian head coach had fallen vacant after Anil Kumble stepped down following an alleged rift with Kohli in June last month.

Other than Shastri, Virender Sehwag and Lalchand Rajput too had applied for the job.

The hunt for the new coach was led by Sourav Ganguly, who headed the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC had decided to put the announcement about the new Indian cricket team coach on hold as they wanted to consult team captain Virat Kohli. The members of the CAC were Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

Sources said that Shastri had applied for the role second time after Tendulkar assured him of the job.

Both Ganguly and Shastri had fallen out spectacularly last year after the latter held dada was responsible for the appointment of Kumble.

However, Ganguly had hit back at him saying that Shastri was living in a fool’s paradise.

He had said, “It angers me that he gave a suggestion that I should be available for such meetings. I have been a part of BCCI meetings for some time and I have always been available. My advice to Ravi is that when the coach of India is selected and one of the most important jobs, he should be in front of the committee and not sit in Bangkok and give a presentation while being on a holiday.”

(Update: The earlier version of our report had confirmed the appointment of Shastri as the new coach. In light of the BCCI’s clarification, we’ve decided to withdraw that story)