India have confirmed former all-rounder Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the national team until 2019 World Cup.
The decision comes following the Indian board's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that comprises of former stars Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman interviewing various candidates including Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Australian Tom Moody and Englishman Richard Pybus.
The 55-year-old already had a successful stint with the team as director in 2014 and he took complete control over the team when head coach Duncan Fletcher was removed from the head coach role following the 2015 World Cup.
Shastri, who captained India in a solitary Test match will replace Anil Kumble, who decided to part away with BCCI at the end of the Champions Trophy 2017 after a fall out with skipper Virat Kohli.
"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 on Tuesday.
Apart from Shastri, the board has also announced former captain Rahul Dravid as a batting consultant for overseas Test series while Zaheer Khan will be the bowling consultant until the 2019 World Cup.
"Khan is a contemporary cricketer who assumed the mentoring role to a young fast bowling unit even during his playing days with India. His inputs will be of immense value to our young fast bowlers, who have shown tremendous potential in the last couple of years," the statement added.
"As the Indian team is to play test cricket overseas in the next two years, Rahul Dravid’s expertise as batting consultant will be immensely helpful for youngsters."
India are set to play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a lonely Twenty20 International later this month which will also be the first assignment for the new coaching panel.
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