Despite having a great show in the group league of ICC World Cup 2019, India lost the semi-final to New Zealand by 18 runs. However, the team will now see some changes in their coaching staff. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has urged applicants to send applications for seven posts, including the position of head coach, which is currently retained by Ravi Shastri. The last date for applying for these posts is on July 30.
The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will select the head coach. The committee will lead by former cricketer Kapil Dev and it is comprised of Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad. However, India captain Virat Kohli won’t have any say in the head coach selection, unlike the last time when he expressed his differences with the then coach Anil Kumble.
“Last time, the captain (Kohli) had expressed his difficulty, or the team’s difficulty, with former coach Anil Kumble. In the new selection process, he will have absolutely no say with regards to who becomes the coach. This time, we have Kapil Dev in the coach selection committee, and he will not listen to him (Kohli),” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
“Support staff will be picked by the selection committee. Normally, we allow the head coach to do that (pick the support staff) for team building. This time, if the head coach is selected (before the selection of the support staff), he might join the process,” the official further added.
The tenure of Ravi Shastri and the other support staff has been extended by 45 days and all of them have to apply again for their respective positions if they want to be with the team. India will play against the West Indies next, which will begin from August 3 to September 3. Recently, Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart have left the Indian team. The BCCI will probably announce the new head coach before the home series against South Africa which will be starting from September 15.