The Hindustan Times is currently running a very interesting story that BCCI has, more or less already finalized name of Ravi Shastri as the coach of Team India. It has been claimed that the current Team Director Ravi Shastri will shortly be taking over as the new India coach, BCCI sources stated to have told HT.
In case the contents of story prove right, Shastri will be paid Rs 7 crores-a-year-deal which will make the former skipper the highest paid cricket coach in the world and as per the news item, this decision is likely to be announced at the end of the Bangladesh tour. It is worthwhile to mention that Shastri had taken over the charge from Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher, and he will be the first Indian to hold the job after 2000 when John Wright of New Zealand was brought in.
It has also been stated that The Board of Control for Cricket in India, (according to sources), have stopped looking for a new coach after Test captain Virat Kohli told them he wanted Shastri as the coach and would love to have him in the dressing room.
In fact many of the supporters believe that it was the hard work done by Shastri, ahead of the World Cup earlier this year that after a winless three months in Australia, Team India managed to reach the Semis. Therefore, Shastri enjoys confidence of the squad. He had an overwhelming support which certainly pushed all other contenders out of the race, sources claimed.
There have been clear signals from Shastri as well and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur that veteran could continue with the national team beyond the Bangladesh tour, where he is accompanying the team as the director.
When Shastri had recently said “We will have another round of discussion after the tour of Bangladesh,” it was apparent that board was in fact linked to his compensation package, having given up media commitments to take up the assignment, sources said.
It is equally interesting to note that Shastri, in terms of the story, who had a Rs 4-crore a year contract with the BCCI as a TV commentator, will be the first cricket coach to be paid more than a $1 million (about Rs. 6.4 crores). He drew about Rs. 6 crores annually as team director until the World Cup. Before this, Fletcher, who joined Team India in 2011, was paid Rs. 4.2 crores a year. His tenure that ended with the World Cup in March was uninspiring. During his regime, India was whitewashed on tours of England and Australia. The performance of the team was particularly bad in most of the Test matches played abroad.
As per the story, The BCCI was not willing to talk about the appointment, but Shastri made his intent clear before the Fatullah Test, saying there was no need for a separate coach as he could double up as one with three specialist coaches assisting him. The board, source said, was planning to merge the role of team director and coach, appointing Shastri the head coach. Shastri will have a free run of team. On team’s performance, his word would be final. A plan to appoint a performance manager has been shelved, sources said.
Whether Shastri will have an annual contract or a fixed term would only be known before India leave for Zimbabwe in July, sources said. Whatever the case may be, it is for sure that Shastri is having a tremendous equation with Team India and with his immaculate experience and complete backing of the BCCI and most importantly, the squad, this move might prove to be game changer for Team India to dominate the world of cricket.