Shastri reapplies for India job

Former India team director Ravi Shastri, has confirmed that he has applied for the vacant India head coach role.

Shastri spent 18 months at the helm of India, but left the post when his contract expired after the ICC World T20.

The former India captain told PTI: "Yes, I have applied for the chief coach's post today morning. I have emailed all the requisite documents that was asked for in the advertisement."

At this stage Shastri is the biggest name to have confirmed his application for the post, and appears as an early front-runner.

When asked if he had prepared any sort of presentation or roadmap along with his application Shastri was cagey, saying: "Whatever is required by the BCCI, I have provided them. If you ask me whether I am confident or not, all I can say is that my job was to apply for the post and I have done that. I cannot comment on anything else."

Shastri oversaw a period that saw India make the semi-finals of both the T20 and 50-over World Cups, as well as recording Test series wins in Sri Lanka, and at home against South Africa. India also recorded a 3-0 T20 series victory over Australia and an ODI series win in England.

Another former coach Sandeep Patil, whose previous stint in charge of India lasted less than 12 months, has also applied for the role.

Rahul Dravid, who many have tipped for the job, has yet to confirm his application for the role.

Sanjay Bangar, part of Shastri's backroom staff, will coach the team in a caretaker role during the brief tour to Zimbabwe this June.

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