Ravi Shastri re-appointed as India head coach till T20 World Cup in 2021

Ravi Shastri will continue as the head coach of the India cricket team for another two years. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which is headed by Kapil Dev decided to pick the former India captain for the role after conducting interviews in Mumbai on Friday.

The CAC interviewed 5 candidates at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters and decided to stick with Ravi Shastri until the end of the T20 World Cup in 2021.

The panel rated top 3 candidates after the interview, Ravi Shastri at No. 1, Mike Hesson at No. 2 and Tom Moody at No. 3. Apart from these three, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput also gave interviews.

Former Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, who was among the 6 shortlisted candidates, pulled out in the eleventh hour, citing personal reasons.

Ravi Shastri, who is currently with the Indian team in the West Indies, gave his interview via video calling platform, Skype. Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput and Mike Hesson attended the interview in person at the BCCI headquarters while Tom Moody also gave a Skype interview from Australia.

Earlier, India captain, Virat Kohli said he was happy if Shastri continued as the head coach.

This will be Ravi Shastri’s third term with the senior national team as the World Cup-winning all-rounder had worked as the Team Director between 2014 and 2016 before being appointed as the head coach in 2017 following Anil Kumble’s departure.

Under Ravi Shastri, India won their first-ever Test series in Australia. Shastri’s side also became the first-ever Indian team to win an ODI series in South Africa in 2018. Under him, the Indian team also reached the semi-final of World Cup 2019.

Source : Various