With the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) deciding on Ravi Shastri’s re-appointment as the India head mentor on Friday, it is presently the turn of the five wise men of Indian cricket – the selectors driven by MSK Prasad – to designate the support staff who will join Shastri to shape the training staff of the Men dressed in Blue. While the procedure began on Monday, it will be finished distinctly on Thursday with the declaration of the considerable number of names.
Addressing IANS, a BCCI functionary said that the Board would hang tight for the finish of the entire procedure before making declarations on the individual positions, which are available to all.
‘The process starts today and will continue till Thursday. The announcements of the candidates will be made on Thursday after the whole process is completed. No point going one name at a time,’the functionary clarified.
Curiously, the CAC needed to be a part of the procedure of the support staff choice too, yet that would have implied that the Committee of Administrators would have needed to clash with the constitution and let them direct the procedure.
The recently enrolled constitution of the BCCI says that the CAC will delegate the head mentor while the national selectors will pick the support staff.
While bowling mentor Bharat Arun is relied upon to be a programmed decision for the post as the Indian group has improved significantly under him, head mentor Shastri has likewise commended the handling measures that the group has come to under R. Sridhar and that could imply that Jonty Rhodes would need to return with practically nothing after applying for the position.
‘In the last four-five years, the biggest improvement has been in fielding. And the endeavour is to make this side the best fielding team in the world. It’s a clear diktat to whosoever wants to play in this team to have a spectacular standard of fielding, especially in white-ball cricket,’ Shastri said after his re-appointment.
The post of the batting coach is expected to be the most debated one as current coach Sanjay Bangar’s position is under the scanner after his failure to find a suitable batsman for the vital No.4 spot in the limited-overs batting line-up. With former selector Vikram Rathour and former India batsman Praveen Amre applying, it will be interesting to see how this one pans out.