Former captain Ravi Shastri has been appointed the new head coach of the Indian men's cricket team till the 2019 World Cup. Shastri's first assignment will be a full-fledged tour of Sri Lanka featuring three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20 International starting July 26. The BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman interviewed five candidates on Monday - Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Shastri - before finalising on the latter.
Shastri was involved in a three-way race along with Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody as the advisory committee met in Mumbai to select the new coach.
Ravi Shastri was overlooked last year as the CAC went ahead and picked Anil Kumble for a one-year term. Many had felt Shastri was the hot favourite to replace Duncan Fletcher as the full-time coach until Kumble threw his hat in the ring.
Last year, Shastri had said he was disappointed after missing out on the coaching job because the team had done "wonderfully well" under him.
As team director from 2014 to 2016, Shastri had a good run as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup. But he soon made way for former captain Anil Kumble, who was selected coach by the CAC in 2016. Shastri was also one of the applicants last year but he was overlooked despite his good run.
Anil Kumble's one-year tenure came to a controversial end when he resigned following differences with skipper Virat Kohli.In a statement hours after tendering his resignation, Kumble said he was told by the Indian board that Kohli was not satisfied with his 'style of coaching'.