The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising of three members namely Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy re-appointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach of Indian Men’s Cricket team on Friday. With the appointment, Shastri is all set to remain India’s coach until 21 November 2021.
The three-member committee had individually marked the shortlisted candidates after their interviews and presentations were over. Although Shastri got the job, Mike Hesson and Tom Moody, the other high profile candidates finished second and third respectively.
Prior to the public announcement, Shastri was favourite to be re-appointed as the coach since the CAC had already stated that it was not much interested in foreign candidates. This meant that other Indian candidates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput were in the race too but failed to make it for the post. Earlier Shastri had received the backing of Indian Cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli.
“The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Virat had said at a press conference.
Notably, this is not the first time that Tom Moody’s application for the head coach of the Indian team has been rejected. He had applied in 2017 as well where Shastri was chosen over him.
Indian fans will be hoping that India continues to do well and bag coveted trophies under Ravi Shastri’s guidance in his new term