Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri is said to be interested in becoming India’s new head coach.
Shastri could throw his hat into the ring a year after being pipped to the position of head coach by Anil Kumble.
Following a Champions Trophy final defeat to bitter rivals Pakistan and a reported falling out with captain Virat Kohli, Kumble decided to step down from his role as coach.
Shastri is regarded as the favourite for the job, having enjoyed a successful tenure as team director during which time India featured in the semi-finals at the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20 respectively.
Another factor that counts in his favour is Shastri’s good rapport with Kohli. Kumble and Kohli did not always see eye to eye, so an endorsement from Kohli would boost Shastri’s chances considerably.
If Shastri is to be successful, he will have to beat out the likes of former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and former Titans mentor Richard Pybus.
The BCCI cricket advisory committee, which features batting greats Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, have been tasked with making the final decision.
Applications for the India job close on 9 July.