The Committee of Administrators hails the CAC coach recommendation who confirmed Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian team until the 2019 World Cup. Meanwhile, pacer Zaheer Khan has been named bowling coach, while Rahul Dravid will be the batting consultant on overseas tours.
Cricket Advisory Committee members, which include Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman, confirmed former Team India director Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian team. Meanwhile, Zaheer Khan was appointed the team’s bowling consultant, while Rahul Dravid was named batting consultant for overseas Test tours.
Here is the COA's release in full.
The Committee of Administrators appreciated the CAC coach recommendation. The Cricket Advisory Committee has made its recommendation regarding the coach. It is a comprehensive recommendation covering all aspects of the coaching requirement of any team. They have applied themselves to the cause at hand with dedication and commitment. This is exactly what we had expected from a committee of such distinguished cricketers. On behalf of all interested in ‘Cricket India’, BCCI and the COA, I thank them for the service so willingly rendered by them. We accept their recommendation in totality.
A coach is a mentor to a team. He is a friend and an elder buddy. He has to actively contribute to building up the morale and harmony in the dressing room. Motivating and guiding the players off the ground is the responsibility of the Coach. The captain is the leader and the gladiator on the ground. Any team is always built around the leadership qualities and professionalism of the captain. He is the Face of the team. The coach has to provide backroom support.
It is with this objective in mind that the job of selection of a coach was entrusted to three of the most experienced former players/captains of the Indian team. They have been in the thick of it all themselves.
Now that they have made the choice, we sincerely feel that the new combination will steward the team to number 1 position in the World Cup.
We need to put the immediate past events to rest and wish the team, the Captain, coach and support staff a very ‘happy Innings’ in the run up to the World Cup.
The BCCI and COA wish ‘Team India’ all the very best.
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