Ravi Shastri, the director of the Indian cricket team will be unavailable for the national side’s tour of Zimbabwe in July. Shastri, is said to be unavailable due to professional commitments, which were agreed to even before the tour of Bangladesh began. Shastri had made it clear to the BCCI that he wouldn’t be around for the Zimbabwe tour. The Zimbabwe tour includes three ODIs and a couple of T20Is.
In Shastri’s absence, the team will be managed by the three assistant coaches. Sanjay Bangar (batting coach), B. Arun (bowling coach) and R. Sridhar (fielding coach) who will coach the second string Indian side which will tour Zimbabwe.
As per sources, Shastri is set to work as a professional analyst for Sky, in the upcoming Ashes. Thus, that commitment with Sky will make him unavailable for the national side. Recently, the three assistant coaches were handed over extension contracts for 2 years. Shastri too is likely to get an extension with the side atleast till the 2016 T20 World Cup, which will be played in India.
During India’s home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka as well in 2014, Shastri remained unavailable for sometime due to his professional commitments with media broadcasters.
The former Mumbai captain was named as the director of the Indian cricket team in August 2014 and his first assignment with the side was the limited overs leg of the England tour. Since then, Shastri has been around the Indian side and his guidance has been appreciated by every Indian player.