Ravi Shastri refuses extension, to step down after World Cup, BCCI to invite application for new coach

As reported by 11cricketers Earlier , Team India’s head coach is all set to step down after T20 World Cup. While there has been no official communication from BCCI or Shastri himself, it has been learnt that the Sourav Ganguly-led Indian board wanted to give him a month of extension for India’s Tour of South Africa in December but the coach has decided not to take the extension. However, it is still unclear whether Rahul Dravid, who is also out of contract for NCA chief’s, has been approached for a temporary role.

India’s most successful coach since Gary Kirsten, Ravi Shastri took over the role in 2017 and was reappointed in 2019 has led Virat Kohli & Co successfully in Australia, England at home and England away. However, it’s the performance in the ICC events that has led to unhappy faces in BCCI. As per information available with InsideSport, Ravi Shastri is unwilling to renew his contract although enjoying a great rapport and support from skipper Virat Kohli.

There have been speculations that Rahul Dravid could take over the role but as the former India captain has reapplied for the NCA chief job, it is unlikely that he is interested in the top job. Instead, BCCI is set to invite applications for Team India coaching job after the T20 World Cup. BCCI will also not renew the contracts of assistant coaches despite their good performances.

Bowling coach Bharat Arun, under whom Indian pacers have excelled in overseas conditions, fielding coach R Sridhar and batting coach Vikram Rathour who has come under fire after poor performances from Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara will all quit even before the New Zealand series.

Who will coach in India series?

  • Rahul Dravid is “not interested” in the job at this moment but could accompany the team in South Africa as BCCI finalise a new coach.
  • There is immense respect for the former India captain and if he decides to get on board, India will not need an additional batting coach.
  • BCCI is expected to hire a new coaching staff ahead of the South Africa series.
  • As Ravi Shastri has declined an extension, Virat Kohli & Co will need a coach for the home series against New Zealand in November.

This comes at a point when Virat Kohli, as per reports, has decided to step down from his captaincy after the T20 World Cup with Rohit Sharma set to take over the role in white-ball cricket. However, BCCI has denied all the reports.