Shastri takes over as new India coach, Zaheer to mentor bowlers

 12 Jul 2017 - 1:20

Shastri takes over as new India coach, Zaheer to mentor bowlers
Ravi Shastri was among five high-profile candidates interviewed for the post left vacant by ex-Test captain Anil Kumble.

AFP

New Delhi:  Former captain Ravi Shastri was yesterday named the new head coach of India for a two-year period, ending weeks of speculation over the high-profile job after Anil Kumble's dramatic exit.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India also appointed ex-paceman Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid as batting consultant for overseas tours.
"The term of the appointments will be till the World Cup 2019," the BCCI said in a late night release.
An advisory panel comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman "conducted the interviews and recommended these appointments in the best interest of the Indian Cricket".
Shastri, 55, edged out five high-profile names including batting great Virender Sehwag, Australia's Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus and former India manager Lalchand Rajput, who were interviewed in Mumbai on Monday.
Zaheer, 38, who has no formal coaching experience, has been part of the Delhi Daredevils thinktank in recent Indian Premier League seasons.
Dravid recently gave up his position as the Daredevils mentor, after accepting a two-year contract to coach India A and Under-19 teams and BCCI said his expertise "will be immensely helpful for youngsters".
The first assignment of the new coaching staff will be the Test series in Sri Lanka, which begins on July 26.
The BCCI in May, just days ahead of the Indian cricket team's defence of the ICC Champions Trophy title, advertised for the head coach's job but "endorsed and extension" to Kumble's one-year deal.
Kohli denied reports of a rift with Kumble, who proceeded to step down as head coach after a year in charge, because his "partnership" with the captain was "untenable".
In his statement of resignation, Kumble said that the BCCI had "attempted to resolve the misunderstandings" but felt it was "best to move on".
Kumble's resignation came less than two days after India were beaten by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.
Under former coach Kumble, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia to cement their place as the No 1 team in the ICC Test Championship, as well as limited-overs series over New Zealand and England.