New Delhi: Head coach Ravi Shastri’s departure will also mean the end of the stint of bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar with the Indian team.
Not only Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri, who is going to bow out of the team, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach Sridhar will not be continuing once their contracts get over with the T20 World Cup.
Sources in BCCI told India Ahead that the coaches have show no interest to continue in their respective jobs. It is also understood that the board would have to not only look for a head coach but will also need to hire the bowling and fielding coaches. Sources said that batting coach Vikram Rathore is the only one to continue after the T20 World Cup.
However, with two new teams going to be added in the IPL, Shastri and his colleagues could well be seen coaching one of the IPL teams in the near future. “The trio would be open to coaching IPL teams. Ravi is also a renowned commentator so there will be a plenty of options for him in the future,” a source said.
However, the Indian team’s success story in last five years or so is connected with Arun’s contribution as a coach. Some board members have also attributed Indian bowler’s success to Arun’s presence in the dressing room. Ditto for the fielding coach Sridhar, who is considered to be one of the best in the world.
However, after working with the Indian team close to seven years, none of coaches would be seeking an extension of their contracts. Sources said that even captain Virat Kohli doesn’t have a say in this matter because he is not as powerful as he was four years ago.
With BCCI showing keenness to hire an Indian coach and its president Sourav Ganguly making it clear that the board is open to even foreign coaches, the appointment could get delayed if BCCI won’t get the right candidate for the job. So much so that the board is also open to making Rahul Dravid a interim coach as long as the board finds a suitable candidate. With Arun and Sridhar too opting to go out, the hunt for coaches is going to get wider.