On the 16th of August, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) announced Ravi Shastri was retained as the Coach of the Indian Cricket Team till 2021.
The decision of the CAC panel, comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, came after day long interviews of 6 shortlisted candidates.
Kapil Dev, the former Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, said the three finalists after the interview round were Ravi Shastri, Mike Hesson and Tom Moody. He said, “We had a marking system and all three of us were unanimous in our decision with marks that these were the results.” He further added, “Shastri’s term will be till 2021. We didn’t take any inputs from skipper Virat Kohli, if we did that then we would have taken inputs from the entire Indian team.”
The selection was done on the basis of marks and Shastri was leading, followed by Hesson and Moody respectively. Speaking about the process, Kapil said, “We were surprised by how close the margins were between the three candidates, the differences were very small numbers which amazed all of us. There are four or five parameters and out of a total of 100 we marked the candidates. Coaching philosophy, experience, achievements, communication skills and knowledge of modern coaching tools were among the main parameters.”
Ravi Shastri is the Coach of Indian Cricket Team since 2017 and this will be his fourth time as the Coach.
As of now, the Indian Cricket Team is in West Indies for the West Indies Tournament 2019. The one month tournament started from the 3rd of August and will continue till the 3rd of September.
Stay tuned for further updates.