Ravi Shastri ‘Formally Applies’ For the Post of Head Coach
Former West Indies opener Phil Simmons has also said to have applied for the post of India’s head coach.
Ravi Shastri on Monday formally applied for the position of Indian cricket team's head coach, making him a front-runner for the high-profile job.
A senior BCCI official confirmed to PTI that Shastri has submitted his application ahead of the 9 July deadline.
The interview will be conducted the following day by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar.
Another notable application was that of former West Indies opener Phil Simmons, who has also coached the Caribbean team apart from being Ireland and Afghanistan as a consultant.
The others who have thrown their hat into the ring are Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Venkatesh Prasad, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput.
Shastri, who served as Indian team director from August 2014 to June 2016, shares a healthy rapport with the players including captain Virat Kohli.
It remains to be seen how the CAC will consider Shastri's case considering Ganguly backed Kumble over the former India all-rounder when the coach was picked last year.
Irrespective of who gets the job, it will be big shoes to fill in considering the team did well under Kumble, winning the Test series against the West Indies, Australia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh before reaching the Champions Trophy final last month.
However, serious differences between captain Kohli and the coach led to the acrimonious exit of Kumble.
During Shastri's tenure as director, India won limited overs away series against England in 2014, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and World T20 (2015 and 2016 respectively), won an away Test series against Sri Lanka, a home series against South Africa, and an away T20 series against Australia.
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