New Delhi: Ravi Shastri has been named Indian cricket team’s new head coach, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed Tuesday. Shastri will take charge from India’s upcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka, starting July 26. Zaheer Khan has been named as the bowling coach.
There was drama while naming the coach. Media reports in evening named Shastri as the head coach but Amitabh Choudhary, the acting secretary of the BCCI, said that no decision had been made. However, by night, the BCCI confirmed that Shastri has been appointed as the head coach and Zaheer Khan the bowling coach.
Shastri, 55, had initially not applied for the post but when the BCCI extended the deadline for acceptance of applications till July 9 (today), the former skipper jumped into the fray and suddenly became the hot favourite.
Virat Kohli-led Indian team was without a head coach after Anil Kumble resigned from the post, terming his relationship with the skipper ‘untenable’.
Ravi Shastri was Indian cricket’s team director from their tour of England in 2014 to the 2016 World T20, where India lost to eventual champions West Indies.
Given his cordial equation with Virat, Shastri was indeed the top pick.
Shastri – a veteran of 80 Tests and 150 ODIs – was also team India’s manager during their Bangladesh tour in 2007.