Ravi Shastri was retained as the head coach of the Indian cricket team on Friday and he was given a two-year extension. The decision was made by the Cricket Adivsory Committee (CAC) led by Kapil Dev and it included former India players Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women's cricket team captain Shantha Rangaswamy. Announcing the decision, Kapil said that it was a unanimous decision to get Shastri back as the coach but there was stiff competition from the likes of former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and Tom Moody.
However, the Cricket Advisory Committee have been trolled for one reason. On the document that has the signatures of all the three members which make up the committee, the spelling of Hesson was spelled wrongly. Instead of Hesson, it was spelt as Hessan. This did not go down with many cricket fans on social media, labeling the entire process as a farce.
The candidates were primarily marked on five aspects -- coaching philosophy, experience, achievements, communication and knowledge of modern tools. A 'very good' had a 20-mark weightage while good carried 15. Average was 10 and poor was five. "Everyone of us gave marks and honestly we never discussed which one of us gave how many marks. When we calculated, it was a very close race, I can tell you. I am not going to get into the details as to how much was the difference but it was a very small number (margin)," said Kapil.
In fact, the 1983 World Cup winning captain said that for him, his former teammate Shastri's "communication skill" was one of the highlights during his presentation. "I felt his (Shastri) communication skill was better and she (pointing at Shantha) might have felt something else. We were given a marksheet and we filled it up without discussing with each other," he said.
The CAC reappoints Mr Ravi Shastri as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. pic.twitter.com/vLqgkyj7I2— BCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2019
What's the point of naming runner ups? The humiliation of a sham interview process isn't enough? Just name the pre-decided candidate and get on with it. https://t.co/lY1q93LDzv— cricBC (@cricBC) August 16, 2019
So true. Their evaluation sheet was a bigger disgrace. Also got Mike Hesson’s spelling wrong. Terrible— K Sudarshan (@SudarshanEMA) August 16, 2019
Gaekwad felt that Shastri was "well versed with the Indian cricket system, and knew the boys and their problems well being the current coach." Once Kohli openly backed Shastri's candidature at the pre-departure media conference before the ongoing West Indies tour, it was expected that the former India captain would be a favourite to retain the position.
Kapil refused to divulge the details of Shastri's presentation, which was made over a viedo call from Antigua and was the last of the day. "That's confidential. He gave a presentation of what he achieved in the last two years and how the team can improve further. He sought more time from the board to make this team stronger in the days to come. All of them gave presentations on what's the way forward and we weighed it along with the past performances and that swung it in Ravi Shastri's favour," Shantha Rangaswamy gave the concluding reply.