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Shastri Emerges As Front Runner for New Indian Coach

New Delhi (July 11, 2017): Former skipper Ravi Shastri has emerged as the front-runner to be the new coach of India, but a final decision remains on hold until captain Virat Kohli has been consulted.

Shastri, 55, was among five high-profile candidates interviewed on Monday for the post left vacant by ex-Test captain Anil Kumble, who resigned amid difficulties over his relationship with Kohli which he described as “untenable”.An advisory committee of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has been tasked with selecting the new coach to head the world´s number-one ranked Test team.The cricketing greats considered presentations from Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Australia´s Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus and former India manager Lalchand Rajput.

But after a gruelling round of interviews the committee decided there was “no hurry” to name the coach, and felt Kohli should be consulted before the final decision was made.Speculation has been rife that Shastri, who served as India´s team director between 2014 and 2016, is on friendly terms with Kohli and will therefore get the nod.

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