Before the meeting of COA earlier today, one of the topics that was in focus was whether Ravi Shastri would be given an extension as a head coach or not.
A report had suggested that it was one of the topics of discussion.
But contrary to that, a report in PTI has now suggested that Shastri’s contract was not a part of the agenda.
“Ravi Shastri’s contract never came up for discussion as it was not part of the agenda. At least, not to the best of my knowledge,” a BCCI official to PTI.
The contract of Shastri and other coaches run till World Cup 2019 after which BCCI will appoint a new coach.
However, looking at the results of team India under Shastri, he could be given an extension.
Team India’s performance at World Cup 2019 will also have a big say in whether he and his coaching staff keep its place or not.
Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach of the Indian team in July 2017, replacing Anil Kumble.
Along with Shastri, Bharat Arun was also back as the bowling coach.
Sanjay Bangar was elevated to the post of Assistant coach.
Other coaches also kept their place and have contracts till World Cup 2019.
As said, the performance in the World Cup is expected to have a big say in deciding their future.
But, BCCI will have to start the process to appoint a new coach or retain the same set-up before World Cup as India travel to West Indies after the tournament.
In 2017, the board had advertised for the job before ICC Champions Trophy.
At the same time, reports emerged that everything was not right between captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble.
Just a day after the tournament ended, Kumble resigned as the head coach of the team after his contract ended.
Taking a lesson from that, BCCI will have to time the appointment of the coach perfectly as this can also have an impact on the team’s performance in the World Cup.
There can be a case when the present set-up keeps its place till the T20 World Cup that will be played next year in Australia.
India kick off their next season with World Cup 2019 that will be played in England. The Men in Blue face South Africa in their first match on June 5.