Former Team India Director Ravi Shastri all set to re-apply for the Indian cricket team’s coaching job as soon as BCCI advertises national coaching positions. His support staffs Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar are also gearing up for the top job.
However, only two days ago Sanjay Bangar has been appointed as the interim head coach of the Indian team for the upcoming limited-overs series in Zimbabwe. Bangar, the ex-India and Railways allrounder, had been part of the Indian team as assistant coach till the World T20.
A senior BCCI official has also revealed that Shastri, batting coach Bangar, bowling coach Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are ready to send their applications.
“All the three coaches (Arun, Bangar, Sridhar) along with Shastri are applying as they have got positive feelers from the top brass of the BCCI. Since there will be a format of application that each applicant will have to follow, they are waiting for the advertisement to be published,” a senior BCCI official informed PTI on the condition of anonymity.
The BCCI source has claimed, a few days ahead of Anurag Thakur’s elected as the new board President, the support staff had a brief meeting with him in Delhi and the discussions were believed to be quite positive as Anurag was impressed with their work.
“The BCCI president had made it clear that anyone with proper credentials can apply. Also, Thakur has praised the work done by ‘Team Shastri’ in the last 18 months. The young team has enjoyed a fair bit of success overseas. It is only fair that they get an equal chance like other applicants,” further said the source.
Recently Ravi Shastri in an interview informed that the “18 months spent with the current team was the most memorable experience”.
When asked about what will be the criteria, the source said that candidates will be judged on two counts.
“A Level-III degree with considerable experience of coaching senior teams, preferably international sides or someone who has at least played minimum 50 international matches for his country. This is because if we only invite people with coaching degrees, then there will be a lot of unnecessary applications.
“Also someone like Shastri cannot be considered if coaching degree is only consideration whereas he has played 80 Tests for India,” revealed the source.