Shastri named as India coach

MUMBAI – Former all-rounder Ravi Shastri has been handed the job of India’s head coach until the 2019 World Cup, a year after the 55-year-old was left disappointed at being pipped to the post by Anil Kumble.

Shastri will replace former captain Kumble, who stepped down as coach last month after falling out with captain Virat Kohli despite enjoying a successful run during his year in charge.

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) also named former India seamer Zaheer Khan as the team’s bowling consultant, while former batting great Rahul Dravid was appointed as batting consultant for overseas test series.

Shastri, also a renowned TV commentator, was appointed India’s team director in August 2014 with Duncan Fletcher as head coach.

Fletcher’s term came to an end following India’s semi-final defeat at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“Shastri has been the team director in the past, and brings with him a wealth of experience, both as player and as coach,” the BCCI said yesterday.

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