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Ravi Shastri announced as commissioner of Legends League Cricket

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has been named as the Commissioner of the Legends League Cricket (LLC), a professional event for retired players likely to begin in January 2022 in the Gulf.

In a release issued by the event’s organisers, Shastri said: “It feels great to remain connected with cricket in the thick of action, especially with the Legends of the game who have been champions in their own rights.”

“It is going to be a lot of fun with some serious cricket going. These stalwarts have nothing new to prove but they have their reputation in line and I can assure you, it will be interesting to see how they do justice to it. I am extremely thrilled to be a part of Legends League Cricket. This is a unique initiative and we see a very bright future ahead,” added 59-year-old Shastri.

Meanwhile, Raman Raheja, co-founder and CEO of the LLC said: “He (Shastri) has been a true legend of Indian and world cricket, bringing glory to India for years.”

“We perhaps couldn’t have (had) a better person to lead our cricket affairs and guide the League in the right direction. We look forward to the exciting days ahead,” he added.

On the other hand Australian physiotherapist Andrew Leipus, who was associated with Team India and also the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, had already joined as the Director (Sports Science) of the league and will monitor the fitness of all the players featuring in the league.

The LLC will feature former cricketers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and England, among other cricket nations divided into three teams which will be representing India, Asia and Rest of the World (RoW).

Shastri had served as the head coach of the Indian senior team between July 2017 and November 2021. His last assignment was the just concluded T20 World Cup in the UAE where the Men in Blue had failed to enter the semi-finals.

Recently, several reports claimed that the newly inducted Ahmedabad franchise is most likely to rope in Shastri as their head coach for the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the franchise, which is owned by private equity firm CVC Capitals, had already approached the former India cricketer.

In a recent ineterview, Shastri had also said that he would definitely want to coach a franchise in the cash-rich league.

“If I get the opportunity, I will definitely do it. There are no two ways about that. It will be a great experience. Something I have not tried and I relish challenges. I will go in that direction, for sure,” he said in an interview with NDTV.

“The sporting fraternity, since I left the game and went to broadcasting for 23 years, has opened up that massively, five fingers will not fit, you need ten. But I am good enough with five and it will be everything connected to cricket because whatever I am, it is because of the game and in many ways, the BCCI, because they are the custodians of the sport in India. But the media space is exploding and I think I fit in there.,” he had added.

Significantly under Shastri’s tenure, Team India had made it to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in England in June this year but went down against New Zealand.

India had earlier reached the 2019 ODI World Cup semis under Shastri.

Hunt for Team India’s next coach to begin before T20 World Cup

The search for Team India’s new coach is most likley to begin before the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17, by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Notably, the upcoming showpiece evnt will be head coach Ravi Shastri’s last assignment with the Men in Blue.

As per reports, the BCCI is almost done with the criteria for documentation and subsequent support staff and would release an advertisement for the post later this week.

Along with Shastri, contracts of bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar will also expire in November.

India are scheduled to play a full series against New Zealand between November 1 and 17.

“The process of hiring the next support staff will begin this week. The board is looking at releasing the ad on October 14. The board is keen to bring in a new coach during the New Zealand series to get used to it. The dressing room before the team leaves for South Africa in the second week of December,” a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Times of India (TOI).

As per reports, the BCCI has asked former India cricketers Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman whether they are interested in the job.

“These are very early stages. Bigger names can be applied for the job. The board will wait to see who will apply and then decide on individuals to follow,” the BCCI official added.

Reports also suggest that former India pacer and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) bowling coach Paras Mhambrey is one of the front-runner to become Team India;s bowling coach.

Commenting on Membre, who has been training youngsters in NCA under its chief Rahul Dravid, the official said: “It would be great if Membre applied for the job. He knows the system well. But the board needs to find out who will take care of the U-1 team because there is not much time to prepare or the U-1 World Cup.”

Meanwhile, the board would also have to look out for fielding and a strength and conditioning coach.

Last week, Team India trainer Nick Webb had also announced to step down from his post of strength and conditioning coach after the upcoming T20 World Cup and will not seek a contract extension.

The New Zealander, who was appointed to the position in 2019, had himself confirmed the development.

“I have recently informed the BCCI that I will not be seeking extension of contract following the Twenty20 World Cup,” Webb had written in a social media post.

Meanwhile, not just the coaches but also current India T20 skipper Virat Kohli will step down after the showpiece event.

Notably in September, Kohli had announced to step down as India’s T20I captain after the upsoming showpiece event.

Taking to the micro-blogging website Twitter, the run-machine had tweeted: “I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward.”

“Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” he had added.

Team India trainer Nick Webb to step down after T20 World Cup

Team India trainer Nick Webb has decided to step down from his post of strength and conditioning coach after the upcoming T20 World Cup and will not seek a contract extension.

The New Zealander, who was appointed to the position in 2019, himself confirmed the development.

“I have recently informed the BCCI that I will not be seeking extension of contract following the Twenty20 World Cup,” Webb wrote in a social media post.

Webb also confirmed the development to Cricbuzz and said the decision was taken due to the restrictions imposed following the spread of COVID-19 pandemic as he was finding it difficult to spend time with his family.

“This has not been an easy decision. But ultimately I must put my family first. The current Covid restrictions for the New Zealand citizens wanting to enter the country is the primary reason. While these restrictions may ease in the future, the uncertainty of this happening moving forward along with potential 5-8 months stint at a time away from my family has made it unsustainable for me past the T20 World Cup,” he wrote.

Commenting on India captain Virat Kohli and coach Shastri, he said: “They are both great leaders in their own right. They both strive for excellence, set high expectations on us all and left nothing to chance. I have learned a lot from them both and have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside them,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

“If Covid restrictions were not in place, I would not be making this decision,” he added.

Last month, head coach Ravi Shastri had also hinted that he might step down from his post after the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, slated to be held in the UAE and Oman, as he had said that “I believe one thing — never overstay your welcome.”

Shastri, who was criticised for launching his new book in London and spreading the Covid-19 virus among the Indian support staff two days before the fourth Test at The Oval during the just concluded England tour, had said: “I believe so because I’ve achieved all I wanted,” when asked whether the ICC T20 World Cup would be his last outing with Team India as chief coach.”

“Five years as No 1 (in Test cricket), to win in Australia twice, to win in England. I spoke to Michael Atherton earlier this summer and said: ‘For me, this is the ultimate — to beat Australia in Australia and win in England in Covid times.’ We lead England 2-1 and the way we played at Lord’s and the Oval was special,” Shastri had told The Guardian.

“We’ve also beaten every country in the world in their own backyard in white-ball cricket. If we win the (T20) World Cup that will be the icing on the cake. There is nothing more. I believe one thing –never overstay your welcome. And I would say that, in terms of what I wanted to get out of the side, I’ve over-achieved. To beat Australia away and to lead the series in England in a Covid year? It is the most satisfying moment of my four decades in cricket,” added he.

Along with Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are also expected to leave.

Shastri hints to step down after T20 World Cup

Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri has hinted that he might step down from his post after the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, slated to be held in the UAE and Oman, as he has said that “I believe one thing — never overstay your welcome.”

Shastri, who was criticised for launching his new book in London and spreading the Covid-19 virus among the Indian support staff two days before the fourth Test at The Oval, said on Saturday: “I believe so because I’ve achieved all I wanted,” when asked whether the ICC T20 World Cup would be his last outing with Team India as chief coach.”

“Five years as No 1 (in Test cricket), to win in Australia twice, to win in England. I spoke to Michael Atherton earlier this summer and said: ‘For me, this is the ultimate — to beat Australia in Australia and win in England in Covid times.’ We lead England 2-1 and the way we played at Lord’s and the Oval was special,” Shastri told The Guardian.

“We’ve also beaten every country in the world in their own backyard in white-ball cricket. If we win the (T20) World Cup that will be the icing on the cake. There is nothing more. I believe one thing –never overstay your welcome. And I would say that, in terms of what I wanted to get out of the side, I’ve over-achieved. To beat Australia away and to lead the series in England in a Covid year? It is the most satisfying moment of my four decades in cricket,” added he.

After few days of book-launch function, where no masks were worn, Shastri had returned positive for Covid-19 following which he had to go into isolation along with four members of his support staff.

Later, India’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar had also tested positive following which the fifth and final Test in Manchester against England had to be called off.

“It was funny because in my 10 days I didn’t have a single symptom barring a little sore throat. I never had any temperature and my oxygen level was 99% all the time. I didn’t take any medication through 10 days of my isolation, not a single paracetamol. I tell the guys: ‘Once you’re double jabbed, it’s a bloody 10-day flu. That’s it,'” said Shastri.

When asked whether he had discussed the emerging situation with his players, the head coach said: “No. I didn’t know who had got it (Covid-19). I didn’t know (the physio) got it suddenly and tested positive. He physically treated five or six players. I think that’s where the issue started. We were aware that the incubation period meant that someone might get it in the middle (of the Test).”

“A lot of players had their families there. So it became a situation where you don’t know what that player is thinking. He’s got a young kid, you know, he’s got to think of them. It was a little, I would say, touchy,” he added.

India will kick-off their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign with a blockbluster clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24.

Kohli to step down as India’s T20I captain after T20 World Cup

Virat Kohli will step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup in the UAE next month, he announced in a statement on Twitter on Thursday.

Taking to the micro-blogging website, the run-machine tweeted: “I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward.”

Kohli said he has had lengthy discussions with head coach Ravi Shastri and opener Rohit Sharma before coming to the conclusion that he needs to concentrate more on ODI and Test cricket both as a batsman and as captain to take the team to new heights.

“Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” he added.

Kohli also said that he has informed about his decision to the Indian board.

“I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability. I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. I couldn’t have done it without them – the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kohli said that he will continue to serve the national team as captain in the Tests and ODIs.

“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket,” he added.

Notably, Kohli has led India in 45 T20Is so far. Under him, the Indian team managed to win 27 games while lost 14 affairs with two games having no result while remaining two being ties.

His success percentage as captain in T20Is has been 65.11.

Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun & R Sridhar likely to leave UK on Wednesday

India head coach Ravi Shastri and his support staff colleagues Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are expected to depart from the UK for India on Wednesday only if the trio tests negative in the RT-PCR reports prior to their departure date.

Earlier, Shastri, who had tested positive for Covid-19 before the fourth Test between India and England at the Oval, has been in quarantine since September 4.

He will complete his 10-day isolation period along with Arun and Sridhar on Monday.

All the three of them needs to have negative RT-PCR reports before they leave the UK shores for India.

However, the trio is likely to join a much stricter bio-bubble in Dubai after the conclusion of the upcoming IPL 2021 remainder when the Virat kohli-led Team India assembles for the T20 World Cup.

As per reports, the trio have been recovering well and are mostly asymptomatic.

They will take their RT-PCR test on Monday and if all goes well, they can fly out on the original date of departure, that is September 15 however, a final call will be taken by the medical team.

Meanwhile, the other Indian support staff members will depart for India on Monday afternoon by commercial flight via Dubai.

On the other hand, physio Yogesh Parmar, who had tested positive on September 8, will have to remain in isolation for a few more days.

Earlier, the fifth and final Test between India and England at the Old Trafford was cancelled after Virat Kohli found it unable to field a team after the Indian camp was hit by Covid.

As per reports, the standalone Test will likley be held in July next year.

Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has reportedly written a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC), urging it to decide the fate of the cancelled fifth Test against India at Old Trafford.

The ECB has meanwhile, hinted that it was writing to the global body as the two boards are far from reaching a settlement on the matter.

The ECB wants the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee to resolve the issue beside expecting that a forfeiture would be granted so that they can claim insurance as it will possibly suffer a loff aroun 40 million pound if the match is declared abandoned due to Covid-19.

Notably, if the global body declares the fifth and final Test as abandoned, India will win the series 2-1 but if England get a forfeiture as per the DRC ruling, it will be a 2-2 verdict and the host nation can also claim insurance.

On the other hand, if the issue comes in favour of India, ECB will most likley stands to incur huge losses as most of the 40 million pound is not covered under Covid insurance.

Meanwhile, after the cancellation of the fifth Test, the Indian-IPL bound cricketers have already left UK and most of them have reached UAE to partivipate in the remainder of the 2021 season.

After the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham resulted in a draw, the Virat Kohli-led Team India won the second Test at Lord’s by 151 runs before the home side made a comeback in the third affair, winning it by an innings and 76 runs at Headingley, Leeds.

The visitors however, took a 2-1 lead in the fourth Test at Kennington Oval, London after registering an impressive 157-run victory.

Team India got distracted after Shastri tested positive for Covid-19: Rathour

The Indian players were distracted for a while after knowing that head coach Ravi Shastri had tested positive for Covid-19, batting coach Vikram Rathour has revealed.

In a virtual interaction with mediapersons at the end of fourth day’s play at The Oval, Rathour said: “Of course, we are missing them massively. Ravi bhai, Arun and Sridhar have been extremely important part of this set-up and they have done extremely well in the last 5-6 years. They have played a major role in the team doing well. But this is what it is. It is a fact that they are not here. So it was a bit of distraction in the morning. But we had a word, we spoke. We decided we need to focus on what is in our hand, which is cricket.”

“I think the boys did extremely well to not get distracted, because there was a potential to get distracted from the situation that happened last night. But a lot of credit should go to the boys. The way they handled themselves. We played as a team,” he added.

According to a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI) earlier on Sunday, Shastri had returned positive for Covid-19 following which he had to be isolated alongwith bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel.

The former India opening batsman also revealed that Shastri felt a bit of discomfort on Saturday night saying: “It was around 8 in the night yesterday, he was having a little bit of discomfort. So the medical team decided to go for a lateral flow test and it came positive and that is when we found out that he was positive. The close contacts were identified and isolated. We will wait for the medical team to let us know when they can join back.”

Although Shastri had tested positive however, the team was cleared for the ongoing fourth Test cricket match against hosts England as they had undergone two lateral flow tests — on Saturday night and on Sunday morning, respectively and had tested negative.

Earlier in the day, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had said that four members of Team India support staff will remain in isolation after Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive.

“The BCCI Medical Team has isolated Mr Ravi Shastri, Head Coach, Mr B. Arun, Bowling Coach, Mr R. Sridhar, Fielding Coach, and Mr Nitin Patel, Physiotherapist as a precautionary measure after Mr Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive last evening,” he said in a statement.

They had undergone RT-PCR tests and shall remain in the team hotel and will not travel with Team India until confirmation from the medical team.

Notably, the hosts were 77 for no loss in their second innings at the end of the fourth day and still needs 291 runs to register a win.

The five-match Test rubber is currently levelled at 1-1 with the visitors winning the second Test at Lord’s before the home side made a strong comeback in the third Test to win it by an innings and 76 runs.

The final match of the series will be held from September 10 at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

Ravi Shastri bats for ‘best of three’ WTC final

Ravi Shastri, the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, on Wednesday stressed on the need of a best-of-three final instead of a one-off match to decide the World Test Championship (WTC) winner.

Speaking ahead of their departure to England for the WTC final against New Zealand, beginning on June 18 in Southampton, he said: “Ideally, in the long run if they want to pursue with the Test championship, a best-of-three final would be ideal — a three-match final as culmination of two and a half years of cricket around the globe. Best of three would have been ideal.”

Shastri also said that the development of Indian team isn’t an overnight process as the Kohli-led team has learned how to win from difficult positions.

“The guys have earned their stripes. This is not a team that has suddenly blossomed overnight. Like Virat said, five-six years of being No. 1 and when you start being on top, playing cricket at the highest level and competing against the best, you have the ability to pull yourself out of tough situations,” added Shastri.

“As you have seen time and time again. Not just Australia. In last two years, there have been many times when this side has pulled itself off from big problems and gone on to win series. [Playing the] final is a great victory for the boys really,” he signed-off.

Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli said that the WTC final holds a lot of value despite being one-off since it is first of its kind and is the culmination of last few years of hard work.

“It holds a lot of value, this being the first of its kind and in the toughest format. All of us take a lot of pride in playing Test cricket and the way we have progressed as a side. It (WTC final) is an example of what Test cricket means to us,” said Kohli.

“So all of us who have been part of the Test side for many years, this is like an accumulation of all the hard work for not just the duration of [two years of] WTC but of the last five-six years since the time we started coming up the ranks and building as a side. We are just very, very happy to have the opportunity to play the final,” he added.

Shastri, Arun, Sridhar to mentor Ironwood Education’s coaching programme

Ironwood Education, a professional training and education company in India, has announced the launch of a certification programme for Cricket Coach Education and Development and has roped in Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach B. Arun, fielding coach R. Sridhar as its Advisory Board members to mentor and guide in program development for certified cricket coaching at various levels.

Under their able guidance, Ironwood Education aims to standardise and systematise coaching practices for all levels of the sport in the country, especially for the grassroots and intermediate levels of cricket.

The Ironwood certification programme for Coaching will also help professional employment of cricket coaches across the country, through its articulation of uniform professional standards and contemporary practices of cricket coaching. The certification aims to drive the adoption of best contemporary and standardised practices in cricket coaching for all levels in India, in a cricket ecosystem where coaching continues to be largely a fragmented and unstructured for curriculum and methodology.

Commenting on the development, Bela Desai, Promoter and Director of Ironwood Education Limited, said: “Over the years we have seen the business in the game of cricket grow exponentially with a keen focus from all generations. A structured and systematic coaching approach is the need of the day to develop, hone and nurture world-class cricketers. At Ironwood we are equally committed to aiding this learning curve, emerging professionals and entrepreneurs will benefit from. We could not have found more ideal mentors and Advisory Board Members who share the same values. Together we shall provide conducive coaching approach for budding coaches.”

Accepting the invitation, Shastri, said: “This is a terrific development and has huge potential. I personally realise the great role of standardised and systematic coaching practices in bringing Indian cricket to its present status and capacity. Such initiatives will lay the foundation of further growth of India’s biggest sport.”

Arun further said: “Cricket is played in every region and locality of India, but there is still such a dearth of qualified coaches. The coach certification programme at Ironwood will contribute to develop scientific standardised coaching from the grassroots and create a pool of qualified coaches to develop aspiring cricketers and provide them with a pathway to succeed.”

The association will leverage on Ironwood’s innovation in new offerings and the leadership of the
Advisory Board for the common goal.

India tour of Australia: Support staff, non-IPL players enter bio-bubble in Dubai

The members of the Indian contingent to Australia, who are not part of the ongoing Indian Premier League, have reached Dubai and joined the bio-secure bubble.

The Team India will be flying to Australia directly from Dubai after the IPL 2020 final on November 10.

Head coach Ravi Shastri, batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Bharath Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar have all reached Dubai on Sunday from their respective home cities.

The support staffs were also joined in the Emirates by Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari. The “Test-match specialist” duo had not found a favour with the IPL franchisees.

The members arriving from India will stay in isolation for six days.

“The head coach and his team arrived yesterday. They are now in isolation and getting their three mandatory RT-PCR tests done. There is a separate bio-bubble created for the support staff along with Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari,” PTI has reported an anonymous BCCI source as saying.

Pujara and Vihari are expected to train at the ICC Academy in Dubai on completion of the six-day isolation period.

Sri Lankan throw down expert Nuwan and India’s Raghu will be helping out the two Test specialists during their training session while their teammates complete their IPL engagements.

Vihari was in fact doing his nets along with Sridhar in Hyderabad and Pujara was training at his own academy in Rajkot after most of the lockdown restrictions were lifted.

SUPPORT STAFF MEMBER COVID-19 POSITIVE

Meanwhile, an undisclosed member of the Shastri-led support staff has been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 infection. According to national daily Indian Express, the member will join the rest of the contingent in the UAE after getting a COVID-19 negative confirmation.

“The support staff member has been kept under quarantine and only after his test turns negative will he be allowed to join the team in Dubai,” the daily has quoted a BCCI source as saying.

India is expected to travel with a 30-member squad across three formats for their tour of Australia with another 20-odd support staff which will make it a jumbo 50-plus contingent touring Down Under.

Sydney and Canberra are likely to host the two white ball series (T20Is and ODIs) while Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney are the venues of the four-match Test series.

The D/N Test match is scheduled in Adelaide. Cricket Australia is yet to send the final itinerary to BCCI as quarantine rules of one Australian state differs from the other.