CoA member Diana Edulji had also opposed Ravi Shastri’s appointment as Indian head coach
Shastri was appointed coach in July 2017 after Anil Kumble resigned from the top job.
Updated - Nov 2, 2018 10:28 am
Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the BCCI member Diana Edulji is the latest official to reveal that she had opposed Ravi Shastri’s appointment as head coach of Team India. The reasons she cited while mentioning her reservation with regards to Shastri being given the job due to the fact that the deadline to apply for the post had lapsed before he sent in his papers.
Earlier this week, Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly had sent a letter to the BCCI acting president CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry over the manner in which the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has been functioning.
The letter particularly created a buzz across the country as Ganguly had also mentioned that the process to select Team India’s head coach was “appalling”, while also expressing his fears over the future of cricket administration in the country. Ganguly was a part of the three-man Cricket Advisory Committee to select the coach after the exit of Anil Kumble last year, following which Shastri was appointed.
In response to Sourav’s letter, the acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said, “I am on the same page as Dada. I believe that the popularity of cricket here has gone down because of administration.” Meanwhile, Anirudh Chaudhry remarked, “I fully support Dada and I’ve been trying to say the same thing for the last six months. I am happy that Ganguly has said a few things about the CoA.”
Ravi Shastri’s journey to becoming head coach of Team India
The former Indian all-rounder and captain was the team director of the Indian Cricket Team from August 2014 to April 2016. In July 2017, he was appointed as head coach for a two-year period until the end of the 2019 World Cup. Along with him, former fast bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan was appointed the bowling coach while former batting great Rahul Dravid was named batting consultant for specific overseas tours. However, Shastri preferred Bharat Arun over Zaheer, and the BCCI hence appointed Arun as the bowling coach while Zak was sidelined.
In June 2016, he was overlooked by the CAC for Kumble, following which Shastri had a public spat with Ganguly. He alleged that Ganguly was not present when he was interviewed via Skype, to which the CAB president replied that Shastri should have taken the interview more seriously and made the effort to be in India to appear before the CAC. After Anil Kumble had a fallout with Virat Kohli and co. Shastri threw his hat into the ring looking to beat out a list of applications that included Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus to bag the job.