The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) confirmed via Sourav Ganguly earlier this week that team India will head to Sri Lanka without a head coach as they did not want to rush the selection process. There has been a lot of speculation as to who would take over the head coach role after Anil Kumble stepped down as he and captain Virat Kohli were not on the same page.
CoA Forces BCCI To Make Decision
The CAC apparently needed more time as they wanted Kohli to come back from the United States where he is vacationing and clear things up with him before they could appoint the new head coach. However the delay by the CAC did not go down well Committee of Administrators (CoA) who informed the BCCI that a decision had to be made without further delay.
On Tuesday night, the BCCI announced that they had appointed Ravi Shastri as head coach, Rahul Dravid as the batting coach for overseas tours and Zaheer Khan as the bowling coach. All three appointments will be till the end of the 2019 World Cup. There appears to be a huge communication gap between the BCCI – CAC – COA as conflicting information has emerged in the last 48 hours.
Huge Communication Gaps
First Ganguly informing the press that there was no hurry to select a head coach as the Sri Lankan tour only begins on July 26th and India would continue with the same coaching staff as they did in the West Indies. Ganguly was snubbed openly with the announcement of the new coaching staff and also because he hasn’t been a big supporter of Ravi Shastri.
However Shastri’s appointment as head coach does not come as a surprise as it was a known fact that Kohli had backed him as the two had a good relationship when Shastri served as team manager. What does come as a surprise is the fact that the BCCI decided to get rid of the current coaching staff and replace them with Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid.
India’s next tour is against Sri Lanka and will consist of a 3 match test series, 5 ODIs and a T20 match. Shastri and co will start their duties during this tour and considering the state of Sri Lankan cricket at the moment, it will be a great way for them to start their campaign with a convincing series win.