Former India skipper Ravi Shastri to apply for India coach

When asked about reports that he would apply only if he is assured of getting the job, he replied, "that's all bull crap" and insisted on being quoted verbatim. Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble were not on speaking terms.

The 46-year-old former Indian player, in a statement posted on his Twitter account, also revealed that it was only a day before that he got to know through the BCCI that Kohli had reservations with his "style" and his continual as the head coach.

Shastri was India's team Director until the end of the World Twenty20 in 2016, where India lost to West Indies in the semifinal.

A Nasik-based engineer Upendra Nath Brahmachari has expressed his interest in becoming the coach of India as he did not like the way India's ex cricket coach Anil Kumble was treated by the board and Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

The report suggested increase in batting coach Sanjay Bangar's salary to Rs 2.25 crore from Rs 1 crore and fielding coach R Sridhar should fetch around Rs 1.75 crore from current Rs 1 crore with effect from June 1, 2016.

Shastri, who worked as team director from 2014-16, was overlooked by the BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxam past year who instead picked Kumble.

Shastri, on the other hand, had accused Ganguly of not being present when he had given his interview via skype.

Sources said that Committee of Administrators (CoA) has empowered the CAC to decide whether to call Shastri or not. The Indian cricket legend was humiliated to say the least. The catch is the former all-rounder wants the BCCI to woo him! But all this can happen only if the CAC wants.

"It is not something new or unheard of". More importantly, will M/s Ganguly, Sachin and Laxman vote for Ravi Shastri, the man whom they did not give an extension to the first time around. Indian cricket is in the cusp of greatness, with a captain who is going to be recognised as one of the best batsmen seen in the game and a team brimming with talent.

Vanessa Coleman

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