BCCI confirm Ravi Shastri as India's new head coach

Sport360 staff 21:45 11/07/2017
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Ravi Shastri.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have confirmed Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team with his contract set to run until the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England.

Shastri’s appointment comes after Anil Kumble decided not to continue in the role after his contract ended after the ICC Champions Trophy last month.

Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has been appointed as the bowling consultant, while former captain Rahul Dravid will act as the batting consultant for overseas Test tours.

Five candidates – Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, and Richard Pybus – were interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for the job on Monday.

This is not the first time that Shastri will be part of the backroom staff of the Indian team. He was the team manager for the tour of Bangladesh in 2007 and then served as the team director from August 2014 until the World T20 in 2016, during which India reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and the World T20.

During his playing career, Shastri represented India in 80 Tests and 150 ODIs. He scored 3830 runs and took 151 wickets in the longer format while notching up 3108 runs and picking up 129 wickets in the one-day game at the international level.

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