NEW DELHI: Former Team India director Ravi Shastri applied for the chief coach’s post of the India cricket eam, staking strong claims of returning at the helm on Monday.
The former India captain had worked with the team for 18 months as its director. His contract ended at the conclusion of ICC World T20.
“Yes, I have applied for the chief coach’s post today. I have emailed all the requisite documents that was asked for in the advertisement,” Shastri said.
Asked if he has prepared any presentation or roadmap, the veteran of 80 Test matches said: “Whatever is required by the BCCI, I have provided them. If you ask me whether I am confident or not, all I can say is that my job was to apply for the post and I have done that. I cannot comment on anything else.”
Shastri had earlier said in an interview that he considered the “18 months with the team as his most memorable experience” in his three-decade long association with Indian cricket in various capacities. During his tenure as Team Director, the notable achievements have been a 3-0 T20 whitewash of Australia, ODI series win in England, away Test series win against Sri Lanka after 22 years, Test series win against South Africa at home, apart from the semifinal finishes in the 50-over and T20 World Cups.
Shastri is the biggest name who has so far applied for the coveted post apart from current chairman of selectors and another former coach Sandeep Patil.
However, Shastri’s team of support staff - Sanjay Bangar, R Sridhar and Bharat Arun - have not yet applied as BCCI sources believe that they would like to continue in their earlier roles depending on the requirements of the Board.