The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to invite fresh applications for national men’s cricket team support staff. The applications would be invited even for the designation of head coach and therefore, Ravi Shastri may have to apply again if he is interested in continuing his stint with the Indian Team.
It is to be noted that Shastri’s term with the Indian team will expire after India’s tour of West Indies in August. The support staff including the likes of Head Coach Shashtri, batting coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar were all given an extension of 45 days post the World Cup.
The extension was given to accommodate the month-long India tour of West Indies in the month of August-September.
Although the entire support staff have the possibility of applying again, India is all set to have a new training and conditioning coach and physiotherapist. Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart who were in these positions earlier decided against renewing their contract after the World Cup.
After returning from the Caribbean islands, India will begin its home season. India will meet South Africa in a home series commencing on 15 September.
Notably, Ravi Shastri was appointed as the Head Coach of India in 2017 when Anil Kumble’s stint as a coach ended prior to its departure date.
Shastri was also India’s director of cricket before taking on the position as a coach.
Although India did go on to win a historic test series in Australia, the Men in Blue failed to win any ICC trophy under Shastri’s guidance.
Earlier, former Tamil Nadu batsman Sunil Subramanian was appointed the manager of the team on a year contract but later got an extension.
There is no direct recruitment now and a more transparent procedure is being followed by the BCCI in accordance with the Lodha Committee recommendations.
The application deadline for all the roles is 30 July, 5 pm.
As per the criteria set by BCCI, the head coach should have a coaching experience of a Test-playing nation for a minimum of two years or three years with an associate member/A team/IPL side. The candidate also should have played 30 Tests or 50 ODIs.