Indian team is currently busy in the USA and West Indies tour, for which the head coach Ravi Shastri has received a 45-day extension for this post.
In the pre-departure press conference, Indian captain Virat Kohli defended the present head coach Ravi Shastri. Kohli has claimed that he will be very happy if Shastri remains in the head coach post.
Earlier, from August 2014 to June 2016, Ravi Shastri was the team director of the Indian national cricket team. Later, after the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Shastri returned to the Indian team as the head coach.
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During Shastri’s overall tenure in the national team, India achieved many great successes both at home and away. However, India failed to win any ICC trophies. During his first tenure, India lost the semi-finals of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, under his ongoing coaching term, India once again lost the semi-final of 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
The newly formed CAC will take the interviews of the candidates
Despite the special bonding between Shastri and Kohli, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recently invited for the applications for the head coach role along with the other coaching staffs’ posts. However, the current coaching staffs can also re-apply for their positions.
The newly formed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will take the interview of the short-listed candidates. Former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, former Indian cricketer and head coach Anshuman Gaekwad and the former Indian women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy are in the CAC role.
When Gaekwad was asked whether the CAC would keep in mind Kohli’s support to Ravi Shastri, he claimed that the BCCI can take Kohli’s view as a note, but they can’t take it.
Virat Kohli has got the right to say – Sourav Ganguly
Now, recently, Sourav Ganguly claimed that the Indian captain Kohli has the right to say about the coaching.
Ganguly told the reporters, “He is the captain so, he has got the right to say.”
The Indian team will start the new tour with the three-match T20I bilateral series against Windies. This series will run from 3rd August to 6th August.
Later, these teams will play the three-match bilateral ODI series and two-match bilateral Test series on the Caribbean soil. The two-match Test series will be the opening series for both these sides in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.