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BCCI appoints Ravi Shastri as new head coach of Indian cricket team

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named former Indian all-rounder and captain Ravi Shastri as the new chief coach of the Indian cricket team till ICC World Cup 2019. He will succeed Anil Kumble who had resigned from the post after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

The decision was announced after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) zeroed in on his name ahead of other strong contenders, including Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody.

Besides, BCCI also appointed former fast bowler Zaheer Khan as bowling coach for a period of two years. Former Indian Captain Rahul Dravid was also appointed as batting consultant for specific overseas tours.

Ravi Shastri is a veteran of 80 Tests and 150 ODIs. He had played for the India national cricket team between 1981 and 1992. He was team India’s manager during their Bangladesh tour in 2007. Most recently, he was Indian cricket’s team director from their tour of England in 2014 to the 2016 ICC World T20, where India lost to eventual champions West Indies in the semi-final.

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Cricketer Zaheer Khan announces retirement from International cricket

One of India’s greatest fast bowlers Zaheer Khan has announced his retirement from international cricket with an immediate effect.

He cited reason that he could no longer handle the rigours of the game and is looking forward to signing off his last season in domestic cricket after conclusion of the IPL season 9.

Zaheer Khan’s International cricket career

  • Test matches: He had played in 92 Test matches and was left-arm pacer. He had taken 311 wickets. He is 4th highest wicket-taker in India after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417).
  • One Day Internationals (ODIs): He had played in 200 ODIs and had taken 282 wickets.
  • T-20 Internationals: He had played in T-20 Internationals and had taken 17 wickets.
  • He had played a major role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph by taking 21 wickets.
  • Since 2011, he was moving in and out of the Indian International team due to recurrent injuries which took a toll on his body.

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