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Ravi Shastri to be the new Team India coach?

MUMBAI: Indian cricket team’s Director Ravi Shastri will be the new India coach, reported a leading daily quoting BCCI sources.

According to HT report, the announcement is likely to be made at the end of the Bangladesh tour.

The report also said that the former skipper will be the highest paid cricket coach in the world with Rs 7 crore per year and will be the first Indian to hold the job after 2000.

Shastri, who served as Team Director during the tour of Australia and the subsequent World Cup earlier this year, is appointed as the interim coach for the Bangladesh tour as the BCCI is yet to decide on a full-time coach to replace Duncan Fletcher, whose contract has ended.

Few days ago, Shastri had said that his future with the national side after the tour of Bangladesh will depend on his discussions with BCCI top brass after the series is over.

“Yes. There is no question about that – my job is the Bangladesh tour. And after that we’ll have to sit and talk. I am not thinking anything ahead. I am thinking Bangladesh, and that’s it,” Shastri told ESPN Cricinfo when asked about his future with national cricket team.

Meanwhile, a day ago, former captain Rahul Dravid emphatically ruled​ out the notion that he was interested in taking up the India coaching job after Duncan Fletcher’s departure.

He said, “No, absolutely not. I am only looking at India A and Under-19 appointment (as coach). I am not thinking about that (national coach’s post),”

“Ravi and his team are doing a fantastic job with India. I have no aspirations to go up to that level at the moment,” Dravid insisted.

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