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It is very important to have captain and coach in team selection: Shastri

By: Team NewsdayExpress | Posted: 30 Dec, 2021

Mumbai. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that captain and coach should play a role in team selection in future. In Indian cricket, the captain is part of the selection committee to provide inputs before bilateral series or ICC tournaments, but the final team decision rests with a five-member selection panel. On the other hand, the head coach has no responsibility in matters of selection. This is in stark contrast to the selection system in Australia, where the head coaches are asked to select the team. At the same time, in England also the head coach is the selector.

Shastri said on Star Sports’ show Bold and Brave, I think it is very important that the captain and coach should talk about the team selection. Both should have their say officially. Especially if the coach is experienced like me or is like Rahul Dravid.

Shastri, who has played as an all-rounder for India and captained Mumbai in domestic cricket, believes that the captain should be in the selection meeting in person, not over the phone or outside. So that they get to see the mindset of the selectors.

Shastri took over as the head coach of the Indian cricket team from the 2017 white-ball series against the West Indies. Under his leadership, India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy twice in Australia apart from leading 2-1 in England. India won several bilateral series in white ball matches, but failed to win the ICC trophy.

After India’s exit in the first round of Super 12 of T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE, Shastri’s tenure came to an end. Shastri also served as the team director from 2014 to 2016. Former India captain Rahul Dravid is currently the head coach of the team. (IANS)

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