Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has hinted that current head coach Ravi Shastri is likely to retain his post. The BCCI has invited applications for the coach’s post as Shastri’s tenure will come to an end after the tour of West Indies. Shastri’s contract was set to end after the World Cup before the BCCI handed him a 45-day extension.
Since then quite a number of applicants have applied for the post but Ganguly feels Shastri is the front-runner for the job. Shastri will get a direct entry in the selection process. Ganguly said that there are not many big names in the fray who have applied for the job, thus hinting that Shastri looks set to be the coach.
“Going by the applicants, I don’t see any heavyweight names. I heard Mahela (Jayawardene) would apply but ultimately he didn’t… There are not many big names who have applied for the coach’s job. Ultimately I don’t know what the panel will decide. They have been around for a while,” Sourav Ganguly told PTI.
“We will see how big the term they will give. Not many names who have applied. Whoever they feel is good they should do it,” he added.
At the same time, Ganguly refrained from commenting on Shastri’s tenure as India coach. With the board all set to appoint the new coach, Ganguly felt that the time is not right to make a comment on Shastri’s performance.
“I will hold my opinion on that. I don’t think it’s right for me to say about that. I’m too far from the system that decides the coach,” said Sourav Ganguly.
Shastri has had a fine run with the Indian team. Under him, India won their first ever Test and bilateral ODI series in Australia. He also helped India win ODI series in South Africa and New Zealand in addition to guiding the team to the Asia Cup glory.