The Kapil Dev-led CAC named Ravi Shastri as India s next head coach and he will continue in that role till 2021 ICC World T20. @AFP

After a day of interviews, the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, on Friday named Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian cricket team.

Tom Moody was No. 3 in the race followed by Mike Hesson while Ravi Shastri topped the list and was unanimously appointed as the head coach of the Indian team, said CAC chairman Kapil Dev as he announced that Shastri will continue as the Indian team coach.

Former India cricketer and fellow CAC member, Gaekwad, said that Shastri s knowledge of the system worked in his favour.

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“Shastri, being the current coach, knowing the boys well, knowing the problems well in the team and knows what needs to be done,” said Gaekwad.

He is well versed with the entire system. We were looking at somebody who knows the system and the players, added Gaekwad.

As reported earlier, Shastri s tenure will be till the 2021 ICC Cricket World T20 and Kapil highlighted the same.

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Ravi Shastri will be the head coach of the Indian cricket team till the 2021 T20 World Cup, said the former India skipper.

While the MSK Prasad-led selection panel is asked to appoint the support staff that will be led by Shastri, Kapil Dev made it clear that his committee should have a say in those appointments as well. The CAC should also have a say in selecting the support staff, said Kapil Dev.

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Although skipper Virat Kohli had thrown his weight behind Shastri, saying the team shares a great camaraderie with the coach, before the team left for a series against West Indies last month, Kapil Dev stated that Kohli’s preference for Shastri did not swing CAC’s opinion.

“Not at all, because if we take his (Kohli’s) views we would have taken the entire team’s views too. We haven’t asked anyone. There was no scope for that,” said Kapil Dev.