No Automatic Extension For Ravi Shastri, Team India's World Cup Exit To Necessitate Re-application For Head Coach Position 

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The BCCI will soon invite fresh applications for the Indian cricket team's support staff, including the head coach, and incumbent Ravi Shastri will need to reapply once his contract expires after next month's tour of the West Indies.

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The BCCI will soon invite fresh applications for the Indian cricket team's support staff, including the head coach, and incumbent Ravi Shastri will need to reapply once his contract expires after next month's tour of the West Indies.

A BCCI official told Republic TV that if India had won the World Cup, the scenario might have been different, indicating that Ravi Shastri was all set to get an out-of-turn 2-year-extension as chief coach if the Men In Blue returned home victorious from the World Cup.

Shastri was appointed India chief coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble's tenure ended prematurely in controversial circumstances. The 57-year-old was also India's director of cricket from August 2014 to June 2016. However, India has not won a major ICC event under his guidance although the team did make history by winning a maiden Test series in Australia earlier this year.

The coaching staff comprising Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3. After the West Indies tour, India's home season kicks off with the series against South Africa beginning September 15.  

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"The job openings will put be up on our website in a day or two. Besides the support staff, fresh applications will also be invited for the post of team manager," a BCCI official told PTI. 

Former Tamil Nadu captain Sunil Subramanian was appointed team manager in 2017 on a year-contract but he got an extension. It was the first time that the BCCI had followed a transparent procedure for hiring the team manager, in accordance with the Lodha committee recommendations.

For all positions, the BCCI has done away with a direct appointment and follows a proper recruitment process. The BCCI's CoA (Committee of Administrators) is scheduled to hold a meeting with coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli to discuss the Team India's performance and the team combination, keeping in mind that the preparations and grooming of players for the 2023 World Cup needs to begin at the earliest, as per sources. 

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