Latest reports, in the aftermath of Anil Kumble’s shocking resignation as the coach of team India, suggest that former Team India director, Ravi Shastri, has been approached by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to apply for the post.
An official close to the BCCI told cricketnext, “It is no secret that skipper Virat Kohli wants Shastri back at helm and Shastri was spoken to so that he applies for the interview process, but the former team director isn’t willing to be in a position where his claim is rejected again.
“He has made it clear that he will speak to the BCCI or CAC on this matter only if he is given a guarantee that he will be handed the job. There is no question of joining a queue and hoping that he is considered for the post.”
Earlier this week, Kumble put down his papers stating ‘difference in style’ with captain Virat Kohli as the reason. Following his resignation, the application process was reopened for the vacant position.
Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Doda Ganesh and Richard Pybus are in the running to replace Kumble as of now.
Shastri on the other hand is technically not eligible to throw his hat in because he has not submitted his resume. However, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, have the authority to request the BCCI to allow the interview of a fresh candidate. For now, the team will play the West Indies tour without a coach, and Kohli will have the final say in all matters.
The team has already reached the Caribbean for their one month tour. Although Kumble was retained as the head coach for this tour, he didn’t seem it fit to continue for the best interest of Indian cricket.