Ravi Shastri set for comeback at helm of Indian cricket team

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Ravi Shastri set for comeback at helm of Indian cricket team

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Arun S Kaimal

06/01/2016

Former Indian team Director Ravi Shastri, along with the support team of Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are set to re-apply for the roles in a couple of days. Shastri is expected to return to the role given his popularity in the dressing room and also with new BCCI President Anurag Thakur.

"All the three coaches (Arun, Bangar, Sridhar) along with Shastri are applying as they have got positive feelers from the top brass of the BCCI. Since there will be a format of application that each applicant will have to follow, they are waiting for the advertisement to be published," a senior BCCI official privy to the development, told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

The BCCI source also revealed that the support staff had met Anurag Thakur days before he was elected to the office where he “praised” their work, reported PTI.

"The BCCI president had made it clear that anyone with proper credentials can apply. Also, Thakur has praised the work done by 'Team Shastri' in the last 18 months. The young team has enjoyed a fair bit of success overseas. It is only fair that they get equal chance like other applicants," said the source.

The source said that candidates will be judged on two counts when asked about the criteria to be used for the selection.

"A Level-III degree with considerable experience of coaching senior teams, preferably international sides or someone who has at least played minimum 50 international matches for his country. This is because if we only invite people with coaching degrees, then there will be a lot of unnecessary applications.

"Also someone like Shastri cannot be considered if coaching degree is only consideration whereas he has played 80 Tests for India," said the source, reported PTI.

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