Ravi Shastri demanded job guarantee    Getty Images

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After Anil Kumble stepped down from the post of India Head Coach, there have been many recommendations for the coveted position. Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), unhappy with the number of applications received, has again opened doors to receive more options and now it is learnt that they have approached former India Team Director Ravi Shastri. However, Virat Kohli‘s first choice Shastri is not ready to apply in the normal procedure and has demanded assurance of getting the post. While names like Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody are among the applicants, whether BCCI will accept Shastri’s proposal to bring him back is the big question of the moment. No Team India player was in favour of Anil Kumble: Sources

A BCCI source is known to have told CricketNext, “It is no secret that skipper Virat Kohli wants Shastri back at helm and Shastri was spoken to so that he applies for the interview process, but the former team director isn’t willing to be in a position where his claim is rejected again. He has made it clear that he will speak to the BCCI or CAC on this matter only if he is given a guarantee that he will be handed the job. There is no question of joining a queue and hoping that he is considered for the post.”

“I don’t want to discuss this matter – (re-application for post of coach) – as it is a call that has been taken keeping the on-going situation in mind. All I can guarantee is that the Indian team will get a new coach before the Sri Lanka tour and whoever is handed the job will get a contract till the 2019 World Cup, he added.

Kumble, in a note, has clarified that it was the sour relationship between him and Kohli that compelled him to end his tenure as coach despite tasting much success.

“Issues and rifts are not bigger than Indian cricket. We have handed the job of picking the suitable candidate to three men who have always had Indian cricket’s best interest on their mind and we feel that whoever they pick will be the best person for the job, said the source.

However, Shastri’s request needs to pass through the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which includes Sourav Ganguly, with whom Shastri had a brawl during the India Head Coach selection procedure last year.

The doors are open for Shastri if the CAC wants to interview him. As per the current rules, Shastri is not eligible because he has not submitted his resume. But the CAC has the authority to request the BCCI to allow the interview of candidates from the outside who they deem fit for the position. For that to happen, all the CAC will need to do is submit a special request. But all this can happen only if the CAC wants. If they are happy to interview just those who have applied, then obviously the door is closed for Shastri.

It is not something new or unheard of. It happens not only in big corporates, but also in top government positions wherein people from the outside are also interviewed in certain cases. At the end of the day, it is for the CAC to decide what is best for Indian cricket and if they feel the man who can do the job is Shastri, then why not, the source concluded.