Ravi Shastri named India coach

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NC Monitoring Desk

MUMBAI: Former skipper Ravi Shastri has been named as the new coach of the Indian cricket team. Shastri, 55, was among five high-profile candidates interviewed on Monday for the post left vacant by ex-Test captain Anil Kumble, who resigned amid difficulties over his relationship with skipper Virat Kohli which he described as “untenable”. An advisory committee of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman was tasked with selecting the new coach to head the world’s number-one ranked Test team. The new head coach, Ravi Shastri, has been appointed until the next ICC World Cup, scheduled in 2019 in England. CAC, on Monday, had said that they’re postponing the announcement for a few days as they need to talk to skipper Virat Kohli. Shastri also served as team director in 2015 under whom Kohli and company reached a high level of success – which included winning the Asia Cup. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday denied reports that Ravi Shastri has been appointed coach of the Indian cricket team, saying that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was still deliberating on the matter. Amid media frenzy that Shastri has been named coach till the 2019 World Cup, BCCI Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary stated, “No decision has been made on appointment of new coach. The CAC is still deliberating over it.” “There is no truth in what has been running,” he added.

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