Everybody has got the right to apply: Ganguly on Shastri


"The matter between Kumble and Kohli should have been handled a lot better, by whoever was in charge".

He was the director of the team between 2014 and 2016 during which he led India to the semifinals of the World Cup in 2015.

The BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee - comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - has been tasked with selecting the team's coach. Shastri did not apply when the Indian Cricket Board (BCB) got the advertisement for the application as Anil Kumble's successor.

He and Kohli developed a good rapport, the reason why it's speculated the India captain is reported to have suggested to the BCCI that Shastri may be considered.

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Before the Champions Trophy, Indian captain Virat Kohli requested Kumble to coach Shastri, but Shastri did not have any application from the Board of Advisory Committee of the BCCI or Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Kumble was favoured ahead of Shastri last year and was signed on a one-year contract during which the side beat West Indies before staying unbeaten in their marathon home Test series, which saw as many as 13 matches played against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. But it is clear that skipper Kohli may have persuaded Shastri to serve from within the Indian team's dressing room, irrespective of designation.

Last week, the board chose to invite more applications for the post of to give the CAC a wide range of options for picking a suitable candidate. Now that Shastri has applied and we all know what happened between him and Dada (Ganguly), so there is a possibility of liking and disliking, ' he said. Shastri took the Indian team in very hard situations in 2014. The former spinner was offered a one-year contract. While several big names like Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody had already applied for the vacant position, more coaches are expected to throw their hat in the ring with world cricket's hottest job up for grabs. In that case, the CAC may be directed to pick Ravi Shastri over the others.

"Yes, Ravi is very interested and will be applying for the coach's post very soon", a source close to Shastri said on Tuesday. He was rejected by the CAC previous year when he lashed out at Sourav Ganguly for rejecting him.