India news July 11, 2017

Shastri, Zaheer, Dravid in India's new coaching team

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Timeline - Ravi Shastri's road to the coaching job

Ravi Shastri, the former India allrounder and team director, has been appointed head coach of the national side until the 2019 World Cup. Zaheer Khan has been named bowling consultant for the same tenure, while Rahul Dravid will be India's batting consultant for overseas Test series.

The confirmation came late on Tuesday night after the CoA impressed upon the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendullkar and VVS Laxman, the urgent need to end the uncertainty over the next India coach.

The vacancy arose because Anil Kumble resigned after the Champions Trophy in June, stating that his partnership with India captain Virat Kohli had become "untenable". India went to the West Indies to play a limited-overs series without a head coach.

Shastri was one of five candidates the CAC interviewed for the role, along with Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput. He had not applied when the BCCI invited applications for the first time, but did so after Kumble was no longer in the fray.

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Shastri had applied for the role in 2016 as well, and was disappointed to lose out to Kumble, because India had done well during his tenure as director.

He had been appointed team director in August 2014 and under him, India made it to semi-finals of successive global events - the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World T20 - and also climbed to No. 1 on the Test rankings for a period of eight weeks until February 2016. During that time, India also won their first limited-overs bilateral series in Australia, whitewashing the hosts 3-0 in a T20I series. While he worked alongside Duncan Fletcher in the early part of his tenure, Shastri had sole responsibility of the team after the 2015 World Cup.

Zaheer, a former India fast bowler, has no formal coaching experience but he has been part of the Delhi Daredevils thinktank in recent IPL seasons. He was offered the role of bowling consultant last year by the BCCI, but both parties could not come to an agreement over remuneration.

Dravid recently gave up his position as the Daredevils mentor, after accepting a two-year contract to coach the India A and Under-19 teams.

The appointments bring to an end a period of uncertainty over the India coaching job that began at the end of May, when Kohli told BCCI officials that some players were uncomfortable with Kumble's approach to man management. Following Kohli's feedback, the BCCI advertised for the position and Kumble was one of several candidates to apply. While Kohli maintained in public that there were no problems with Kumble, the issue came to a head soon after the Champions Trophy when, with no new coach in place, Kumble was offered an extension to cover the tour of the West Indies but decided to step down instead.

Shastri's first assignment as head coach is the Test series in Sri Lanka, which begins on July 26.

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  • Ahmad on July 16, 2017, 3:45 GMT

    KOHLI SHASTRI COMBO:

    1. Defeated SL in SL rendering SANGAKARA worst retirement at under 15 series avg 2. Demolished no 1 ranked SA 3-0 not rendring their 3 batting giants under 30 avg on pitches where indians had 50 + avrages. 3. Defeated WI in WI 2-0

    Won all series by big margins What better can u think of. Shastri Kohli critics really lack brain

  • Abraham on July 15, 2017, 14:43 GMT

    Dravid & Zaheer have been thrust into a minefield. The BCCI and Indian Cricket is riddled with intrigue. It will be interesting to see who survives this battle.

  • amibab7507003 on July 14, 2017, 16:04 GMT

    I believe that no player is bigger than the game of Cricket, and as such the way Virat Kohli is dictating his terms to BCCI and it is obvious that they are bending over backwards to keep him sweet, and treat a man of Anil Kumble's stature the way he was is simply disgusting in my view. There are ways of dealing with issues between captain and coach, and the way this matter was dealt was a very poor showing on the part of BCCI. I am a big fan of Kohli and admire greatly his achievements, but he is getting too big headed and allowed to get away with it is shameful for Indian cricket. His golden time he is enjoying will end. I strongly believe that BCCI should firstly apologise to Anil Kumble for the way he was treated and made to feel he had done something wrong, and at the same time get an apology from Kohli for the way he hounded out Kumble. By all means don't have Kumble as the head coach again, but nobody deserves, least of all Kumble, the shambolic way this whole saga was handled

  • sd10012210231 on July 14, 2017, 15:37 GMT

    Can anybody tell me indian newly appointed head coach (except BCCI) being offered any coaching contract by any IPL team, cricket playing nation,indian states .I think even mumbai indian never selected him as a coach.So what is the hiden reason in BCCI that comple it to select hastri and bring back hastri era in indian cricket.

  • Veer on July 14, 2017, 9:15 GMT

    Should have been like this - Dravid as Head coach/Mentor to Indian Team, Sewhag - Batting coach and Javagal Srinath / Zaheer Khan - Bowling Coach and Ravi Jadeja :) or Kaif - Fielding coach

  • Naresh on July 14, 2017, 7:32 GMT

    Zaks appointment is a step in the right direction. Hope he can inspire a good left arm pacer which India misses. Someone like Sran or Natarajan, Chaudrey or Khejoliya - these have made marks in IPL. Probably the only place we get to see some of the talent.

  • Dexters on July 14, 2017, 3:12 GMT

    For everyone supporting Kohli and the team that they should choose the coach they want, I agree its true but the team should earn it. Comparing this with greg chappel saga is completely wrong. I will not doubt the commitment of the big 4 even 1 bit and so they earned it but here except Dhoni there is no one in the team who has earned that right. Kohli acts like a kid and Dhoni has matured too much into a philosopher recently. Wishing India to have someone between as captain.

  • Navin on July 13, 2017, 17:33 GMT

    I think Ravi as a senior pro would do fine to calm them down when they loose big. When they are winning nothing really matters. Hope he does not go for only Mumbai boys when it comes to selection and giving chances to youngsters. It was pretty obvious in case of Rohit getting too many chances even at the expense of Pujara and Rahane in tests ! Good luck, lot of politics with retired cricketers not just BCCI management.

  • Vikas on July 13, 2017, 16:56 GMT

    Kohli and Shastri have thier task cut out.His comments about Pujara and refusing to play Kuldeep in test and risk the series against Australia,Champions trophy final to bat second and performances of RCB overtime clearly shows his poor temperament as a captain. India under him will not be consistent. I am RCB fan but with the talent they had all these years,I used to scratch my head at some of their team selections,decisions. I hope I am wrong just like I was skeptical about Dhoni in the beginning.The success of India and CSK under him cannot be underestimated.

  • jaggat2048413 on July 13, 2017, 15:31 GMT

    The failure of Kohli now will be a nail in the coffin. He has to deliver at all cost as he got his wish come true. No hiccups allowed.

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