New Delhi: Former captain and team director Ravi Shastri has formally applied for the India coach’s job as the BCCI and Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) get ready to select the next coach for the team ahead of the Sri Lanka tour.
Before Shastri had applied, Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody were the front-runners for the top job. The CAC – Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman – will be interviewing the candidates on July 10.
Shastri was team director from 2014 to 2016, up until the World T20. He soon made way for Anil Kumble, who was selected coach by the CAC in 2016. Shastri was also one of the applicants last year but he was overlooked despite a good run.
Kumble’s one-year tenure came to a controversial end when he resigned following differences with skipper Virat Kohli. In a statement, hours after tendering his resignation, Kumble said he was told by the Indian board that Kohli was not satisfied with his ‘style of coaching’.
Even before the Champions Trophy had started last month, reports of a rift between Kumble and Kohli had emerged in the media. Earlier, on May 25, the BCCI had invited applications for the position of the head coach – five candidates had been finalised – Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh.
However, the BCCI invited fresh applications and the deadline was extended to July 9. It was widely believed that Moody and Sehwag were the only credible candidates standing in the race but Shastri’s entry could queer the pitch for others.
Kohli, it is understood, wants Shastri to come back into the dressing room. The cricketer-turned-commentator enjoys a great rapport with the team and the players are eager to have him back on board.