Ravi Shastri needs BCCI's assurance of his appointment as the head coach

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Ravi Shastri needs BCCI's assurance of his appointment as the head coach

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SportsCafe Desk

06/22/2017

A BCCI official has revealed that the Board for Control of Cricket in India have approached Ravi Shastri and asked him to apply for the newly vacated post. However, Shastri denied submitting the application and waiting for the outcome and demanded the Indian board to guarantee his appointment.

Indian team's Ex-director Ravi Shastri's name for the post of the Indian head coach has been doing rounds, since BCCI invited the applications for the post, owing to his chemistry with Indian skipper Virat Kohli. However, after Anil Kumble's resignation from the post Shastri's name has emerged as one of the favourites to be appointed to the role.

A BCCI official revealed that the 55-year old denied submitting an application for the post and demanded BCCI to guarantee his appointment.

"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," the official told CricketNext.

The Indian board wants to give the Cricket Advisory Committee(CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman more options before they handpick the ideal candidate suited for the role and is reportedly thinking of inviting fresh applications for the same.

At the moment, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, two-time Pakistan coach Richard Pybus, Indian batting legend Lalchand Rajput and Ganesh Dodda are the only applicants.

BCCI president CK Khanna also confirmed that the team will leave for the Sri Lanka with a coach unlike their West Indies tour.

"I don't want to discuss this matter - (re-application for post of coach) - as it is a call that has been taken keeping the on-going situation in mind. All I can guarantee is that the Indian team will get a new coach before the Sri Lanka tour and whoever is handed the job will get a contract till the 2019 World Cup,” the top official said.

However, Shastri would have to ply hard for making a return as the 55-year old indulged in a war of words with CAC member Sourav Ganguly after he accused Ganguly of remaining absent for his interview which the ex-director gave via Skype. Ganguly in return had criticised Shastri for not appearing for the interview in person. 

"Issues and rifts are not bigger than Indian cricket. We have handed the job of picking the suitable candidate to three men who have always had Indian cricket's best interest on their mind and we feel that whoever they pick will be the best person for the job,” 

CoA official

However, the supreme court appointed Committee of Administrators clarified that such rifts won't come in the way of Indian cricket's progress.

"Issues and rifts are not bigger than Indian cricket. We have handed the job of picking the suitable candidate to three men who have always had Indian cricket's best interest on their mind and we feel that whoever they pick will be the best person for the job,” the source said.

The CoA also stated that the CAC is free to interview Shastri if they feel he is the right person for the job even though the ex-director does not apply for the post.

“The doors are open for Shastri if the CAC wants to interview him. As per the current rules, Shastri is not eligible because he has not submitted his resume. But the CAC has the authority to request the BCCI to allow the interview of candidates from the outside who they deem fit for the position. For that to happen, all the CAC will need to do is submit a special request. But all this can happen only if the CAC wants. If they are happy to interview just those who have applied, then obviously the door is closed for Shastri.

“It is not something new or unheard of. It happens not only in big corporates, but also in top government positions wherein people from the outside are also interviewed in certain cases. At the end of the day, it is for the CAC to decide what is best for Indian cricket and if they feel the man who can do the job is Shastri, then why not,” the official explained.

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