Ravi Shastri to apply for India's head coach post

Team India cricket coach to be selected on July 10: Sourav Ganguly

The Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli spat has been a trending topic since the former tweeted his resignation as India coach, highlighting his reasons for quitting the high-profile job - among them that captain Kohli had "reservations" about his style.

Mumbai:Former Indian medium pacer and current junior national chief selector Venkatesh Prasad has applied for the post of Indian cricket team's head coach.

The BCCI has already stated that Team India will get its new head coach before their tour to Sri Lanka beginning July 26.

"I have made my intentions clear that I am very, very keen to perform the role of an assistant coach or a bowling coach".

Meanwhile, former India cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar wants the Indian skipper to have a say in selecting the coach.

"May be (I will write), but this is what I am very keen about (the support staff job), Prasad said". Before Shastri entered the race this week, Sehwag and Moody were considered to be the favourites. A lot of people have been applying for the team's head coach position including Virender Sehwag. Sridhar - who has been part of the Indian dressing room for three years and has worked with both Shastri and Kumble - chalks out the difference between the two greats.

Prasad also revealed that he might not do so before the July 9 deadline, but insisted that he is ready to take up the role of an assistant or bowling coach and contribute to Indian cricket once again.

The speed gun, who represented India in 33 Tests and 162 ODIs, had applied for the post in 2016, but he did not make the final list. The report quotes an official, who said "They (CoA members) came to know about the problem only after the IPL final in Hyderabad last month, by which time it was too late to do anything except ask the CAC to pitch in".

CoA is also learnt not to be happy with BCCI extending the deadline of application for the head coach post without any prior intimation to them. "Neither will he be pleased about Sachin Tendulkar's reported request to Shastri to apply for the job", concluded the official.

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