After getting knocked out of 2019 World Cup, the men-in-blue will look to answer some pivotal questions as they prepare for another bilateral series against West Indies which is scheduled to start on August 3. The support staff comprising Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3.
Post this series, there will be new set of support staff which will take the duties and take the Indian team ahead. With this, on July 16, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited fresh applications for the Indian cricket team's support staff, including the head coach.
All of them, who are currently associated with the team can reapply but the team is set to have a new trainer and physio after the departure of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart respectively following India's semifinal exit in the World Cup. After the West Indies tour, India's home season kicks off with the series against South Africa beginning September 15.
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri was appointed India head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble's tenure ended prematurely in controversial circumstances. The 57-year-old was also India's director of cricket from August 2014 to June 2016. However, India have not won a major ICC event under his guidance though the team did make history by winning a maiden Test series in Australia earlier this year.
It was the first time that the BCCI had followed a transparent procedure for hiring the team manager, in accordance with the Lodha committee recommendations. For all positions, the BCCI has done away with direct appointment and follows a proper recruitment process.
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BCCI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited applications for positions for the senior India Men’s team — Head Coach, Batting Coach, Bowling Coach, Fielding Coach, Physiotherapist, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Administrative Manager. pic.twitter.com/dnqWWYdnaY— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019