Shastri could be in frame for India job


India are set to appoint a new full-time coach and Ravi Shastri could be a contender after his contract in the role of team director came to an end.

Shastri took over as director of cricket following a Test series defeat in England two years ago and led the one-day international side to a series victory on the same tour.

Duncan Fletcher resumed his duties as coach but his tenure ended following the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand last year, with Shastri taking the helm since then.

India great Shastri's role as team director is now defunct, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) now preparing to convene to decide on a new coach.

BBCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the CAC - comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - are due to meet next week following the end of a World Twenty20 on home soil which India crashed out of with a semi-final defeat to West Indies on Thursday.

"Ravi Shastri's contract has ended." Thakur told PTI. "We are looking at a full-time coach and the decision will be taken by the Cricket Advisory Committee.

"There won't be a team director and a full-time coach. It will be only one post and even Ravi's contract can come up for renewal."

Asked about Shastri's chances of landing the role, he added: "It will entirely be CAC's call. But it will be the post of a full-time coach. CAC has been asked to shortlist the names of the possible candidates for the post.

"The meeting of the CAC is expected to happen post April 3. It can happen before the start of the IPL also. We will have to decide on the date."