The uncertainty over whether Ravi Shastri will continue to be head coach of Team India seems to be all but over.

Speaking to IANS, a Cricket Advisory Committee member said that with the team doing so well under Ravi Shastri, it was all but certain that the former India-rounder will continue to coach the Virat Kohli-led team.

The CAC-comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy-has been appointed to pick the new coach.

The CAC member said, “We are not too keen to bring in a foreign coach. Yes, had someone of the stature of Gary Kirsten applied, we might have given it a thought. But even then, an Indian would have always been the priority. After all, the team has also done well under an Indian head coach, so why look for a change? As things stand now, Ravi Shastri does look to be the favorite to be handed a fresh contract.”

A senior BCCI official had also recently said that it was important for Shastri to continue as the team was undergoing transition.

“Nothing permanent with a long term effect should happen at this stage of transition. Shastri and Kohli complement each other well and it would be unfair to change half of a team that has been successful. A change in coach may disturb the equation that exists and allows player to have the mental space to excel.

“if a change is made at this stage, it would be a change of strategy and planning for the next five years. It would be unfair to take such a decision at a stage when the stakeholders are the not the ones deciding.”

Source: News Agency

Jayita Sardar

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