Few weeks after India’s humiliating defeat in ICC cricket world cup’s semi-final, rumors were circulating that the Indian cricket board is planning for major reshuffling in top management. The rumors got pace after Indian cricket board (BCCI) invited applications for the positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach as well as an administrative manager. The board is looking staff with strong man-management skills to guide the senior national team, a member of the panel entrusted with the task of selecting a new head coach told Reuters on Tuesday (July 30).
As per details, the short-listed candidates will be interviewed by a Cricket Advisory Committee comprising cricket great Kapil Dev, former batsman and coach Anshuman Gaekwad and former women’s captain Shanta Rangaswamy. “You have to be a good man manager and a good planner,” Gaekwad told Reuters by phone. “These are the two aspects which are most important. There are so many other aspects which you have to take into consideration.
Its worth mentioning that the contract of the current coaching staff was set to expire after the World Cup but they were handed an extension till the tour of the West Indies, starting Aug. 3, where India play three Twenty20 internationals, three ODIs and two tests. Before departing for the tour, India captain Virat Kohli backed Shastri to continue in the job.
“With Ravi bhai (big brother) all of us have a great camaraderie, everyone in the team shares mutual respect,” Kohli told reporters on Monday. “And we have done really well together as a group. “We’ll definitely be very happy if he continues as coach, but as I said it is upon the CAC to seek my advice or opinion if they want. Right now, I haven’t been contacted at all.”
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