No Final Decision On Team India Coach Yet: BCCI

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New Delhi: The BCCI on Tuesday denied reports of Ravi Shastri being named as the head coach of Team India, saying the the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is still deliberating over the decision.

Earlier it was wildly reported in the media that former India allrounder and captain Shastri, who was team director of the Indian men’s cricket team from August 2014 to April 2016, has been appointed as head coach for a two-year period until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup.

The reports came a day after the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) announced that it would seek Indian captain Virat Kohli’s inputs before announcing the man to replace Anil Kumble in the most high-profile coaching role in the sport. Addressing a press conference after a nearly six-hour interview process with the five aforementioned candidates at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Monday, CAC member Sourav Ganguly had said that Kohli, who is currently out of the country, had to be apprised of their decision before the next coach could be revealed.

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Ganguly and VVS Laxman sat together inside the Wankhede Stadium while Sachin Tendulkar joined via video conference from the UK. Barring Sehwag, none of the applicants were physically present at the BCCI headquarters, instead being interviewed over Skype.

Shastri was overlooked by the CAC for Anil Kumble, and subsequently had a public spat with Ganguly. At the time, Shastri alleged that Ganguly had not been present when he was interviewed via Skype, to which Ganguly replied that Shastri should have taken the interview more seriously and been in India to apply in person before the CAC.

Last month, Shastri threw his name into contention for the vacant coach’s role after the BCCI, in the aftermath of Kumble’s resignation, decided to invite more applicants despite criticism by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

The BCCI in May, just days ahead of the Indian cricket team’s defence of the ICC Champions Trophy title, advertised for the head coach’s job but “endorsed and extension” to Kumble’s one-year deal. Kohli denied reports of a rift with Kumble, who proceeded to step down as head coach after a year in charge, because his “partnership” with the captain was “untenable”. In his statement of resignation, Kumble said that the BCCI had “attempted to resolve the misunderstandings” but felt it was “best to move on”.