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Ravi Shastri was offered Team India batting coach role: Sourav Ganguly

India Today logo India Today 09-07-2016
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Cricket Advisory Committee member and former India captain Sourav Ganguly said Ravi Shastri was offered Team India's batting coach's role.

Former Team India director Shastri and Ganguly were at loggerheads during the last few weeks over the selection process of Team India's head coach.

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Shastri, who lost out to Anil Kumble, came out in the open to blast a 'disrespectful' Ganguly for missing his interview. Ganguly, who is part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's CAC, had chosen a Cricket Association of Bengal meeting over Shastri's presentation. A miffed Shastri advised Ganguly to be present at future BCCI meetings.

Ganguly hit out saying 'Shastri should not have been holidaying in Bangkok when he was supposed to be in person for the interview. Ganguly defended his stand by making available the personal email conversations in which he had intimated his absence in advance to the committee members and the candidates.

Ganguly refused to speak about the Shastri issue on the eve of his 44th birthday but confirmed he was given the batting coach's role. "Yes, we offered Ravi the Indian team's batting coach post," Ganguly was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.

ZAHEER TO BECOME BOWLING COACH?

He also clarified CAC members Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman will have no role in appointing Team India's assistant coaches and said they had left the decision to Kumble.

"It is Anil's prerogative. Since he is a bowler, maybe, he did not appoint a bowling coach. I also have read in the newspapers that he may rope in pace bowling coach later. Let me stress that Sachin and Laxman have no role in appointing Anil's assistant coaches," he said.

Speculations are rife about Zaheer Khan being named the bowling coach. Ganguly said it was up to the BCCI to take a call and see if the left-arm pacer was available through the year.

"I have no knowledge about this. BCCI will have to see whether Zaheer is available for 365 days or not," Ganguly said.

The Virat Kohli-led unit, after a four-day training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, reached West Indies this week. The team members were seen enjoying a game of volley-ball ahead of the first tour game against Board President's XI in St.Kitts. India will play a four-Test series against the Caribbeans, which will see the start of a long Test season for Kumble and his boys.

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