Ravi Shastri to continue as Indian cricket team’s head coach

Mumbai: Former India cricketer Ravi Shastri has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian Men’s senior cricket team for a two-year term, which will stretch till the 2021 ICC World T20.

The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by Kapil Dev, which conducted the interviews with short-listed candidates at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters here on Friday, handed Shastri his fourth stint.

57-year-old Shastri outclassed former India teammates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput along with former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and Australian Tom Moody to the post. Former West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons pulled out of the race, citing personal reasons.

Shastri was appointed as head coach in 2017 and succeeded former captain Anil Kumble. He had served briefly as the cricket manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), team director from August 2014 to June 2016.

During his tenure, India won a Test series in Australia and topped the round-robin league at the World Cup where they lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals.

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