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BCCI retains Ravi Shastri as team India's head coach

The 57-year-old Indian all-rounder was appointed the head coach after Anil Kumble's resignation following the 2017 Champions Trophy where India lost to Pakistan in the final.

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Updated: Aug 16, 2019, 10.57 PM IST
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Ravi Shastri wins 'close race' to continue as India's head coach
Ravi Shastri wins 'close race' to continue as India's head coach
NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today decided to retain Ravi Shastri as Team India's head coach.

The 57-year-old Indian all-rounder, who was Team India director between 2014 and 2016, was appointed the head coach after Anil Kumble's resignation following the 2017 Champions Trophy where India lost to Pakistan in the final.

Under his tenure, India recorded their first ever Test series win in Australia in 2019 after having lost on tours to South Africa and England in 2018. The Men in Blue also registered its first-ever bilateral ODI series in South Africa last year.

However, Team India, who were one of the favourites to win the World Cup 2019, exited the tournament in the semi-final after finishing top of the table in the league stages.

However, despite that, captain Virat Kohli backed Shastri to continue in the role.

A three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy today interviewed other shortlisted candidates Mike Hesson who holds the distinction of being the longest serving coach of New Zealand cricket team.

Under his coaching, the Kiwis reached its first-ever World Cup final in 2015 where they lost to Australia. His contract was extended in 2016 until the end of the 2019 World Cup, but Hesson resigned in June 2018 in order to spend more time with his family. Hesson also served as the head coach of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab before stepping down on August 8 this year. He is running for the head coach position of Pakistan as well.


Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons - who coached Zimbabwe, Ireland, West Indies, Afghanistan since his retirement in 2002 - was also in the fray along with former Australian medium pacer Tom Moody.

Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput had been shortlisted for the head coach post as well.
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