Former captain Ravi Shastri has been appointed the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team till the 2019 World Cup. Ravi Shastri was the Team India director for two years from 2014 to 2016 before Anil Kumble took over as the head coach last year.
Shastri’s first assignment will be a full-fledged tour of Sri Lanka featuring three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20 International starting July 26.
The BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman interviewed six candidates on Monday – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Phil Simmons, Lalchand Rajput and Shastri – before finalising on the latter. As team director from 2014 to 2016, Shastri had a good run as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.