Ravi Shastri is currently serving as the head coach of the Indian cricket team in his last assignment in form of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE. Meanwhile, the 59-year-old has received an offer to take the role of coach of the newly-inducted Ahmedabad-based franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
According to a report in Cricbuzz, Shastri is likely to sign up alongside the other outgoing support staff members in the Indian team under him – bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar. However, the final decision on this will be taken after the ongoing ICC tournament as the coaching unit did not want any distractions till the end of the World Cup.
CVC Capital Partners – who bought Ahmedabad’s IPL franchise for a whopping amount of INR 5600 crore, are eager to close out the deal with the backroom staff as soon as possible as they want the professionals to be involved in the decision making regarding various things. The promoters are also looking to recruit a CEO and an administrative manager at the earliest to look after a lot of things.
Ravi Shastri’s return to commentary on the cards?
The report further mentioned that Ravi Shastri is open to a coaching stint in the IPL at the cost of his return to commentary as this will be a conflict of interest case. As per the norms set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), he can not get a commentary contract from the apex body and also signs up a coaching stint with an IPL team.
Notably, the current India head coach can directly link up with the broadcasters while also being involved with an IPL team, just like former India cricketer VVS Laxman (Sunrisers Hyderabad) has done over the years.