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BCCI retains Ravi Shastri as team India’s head coach till 2021

Ravi Shastri has been re-appointed head coach of Indian men’s cricket team till 2021 by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).  The CAC unanimously felt that incumbent’s communication skills and understanding of team issues stood out. Ravi had the public backing of captain Virat Kohli even before the short-listing was initiated.

Key Highlights

Cricket Advisory Committee: The 3-member CAC headed by Kapil Dev comprised of former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad and ex women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy.

Reappointment Period: Ravi Shastri is reappointment for a 2-year period. His tenure will end with T20 World Cup 2021 in India. This will be his 4th stint with national team. Earlier, he has breifly served as Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019).

Ravi has played 150 ODIs and 80 Tests. He was contracted till World Cup 2019 in England, but he was given a 45-day extension till end of ongoing West Indies tour, where visitors have won both T20 and ODI series.

Others who applied: Apart from Shastri, former New Zealand coach (and Kings XI Punjab coach) Mike Hesson, former Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, former India teammates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput also applied for post. Former West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons pulled out of race, citing personal reasons.

Indian Team Under Ravi Shastri

On Shastris’ watch, India have won 11 out of 21 Tests (with a success rate of 52.38%), 43 out of 60 ODIs (success rate of 71.67%) and 25 T20 Internationals out of 36 (success rate of 69.44%).

Ravi Shastri’s record since his comeback in 2017 has been very impressive, having guided Indian team to its maiden Test series win on Australian soil in 2018.

The only blip could be fact that in 2015 World Cup in Australia (when Ravi was Team Director) and last edition in UK, Indian team couldn’t go beyond semi-finals.

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Vice President embarks on 3-nation visit to Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has embarked on a 3-nation visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation. This visit will be Vice President’s 1st ever high level visit (from India) to 3 Baltic countries.

Key Highlights of Visit

Objective of Vice President’s visit to 3 Baltics countries is to advance India’s outreach to important countries in region. It takes place in context of increasing political engagement, as well as intensified trade and commercial ties.

The cutting edge technology and innovation ecosystems of Baltic countries complement India’s huge market and appetite for these technologies.

It will also provide an opportunity to brief Baltic countries and get their views on enhanced opportunities for cooperation, thus further strengthening India’s existing friendly ties. The visit is significant as Baltic countries and India have historical connect and common linguistic roots.

Lithuania: M V Naidu will be visiting Lithuania from 17-19 August, during which he will have a detailed bilateral meeting with President Gitanas Nauseda. He will also meet Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament).

Latvia: The vice president will visit Latvia from August 19-20 where he will have bilateral meeting with President Eglis Levits. He will also meet Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins and Inese Libina-Egnere, the Acting Speaker of the Saeima (Latvian Parliament). He will also attend a business forum co-organised by Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India).

Estonia: Vice president will visit Estonia from August 20-21. Here he will meet President Kersti Kaljulaid, Juri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia and Henn Polluaas, President of Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament). As a special privilege, Naidu will also address Estonian Head of Mission’s conference on India’s role in Indo-Pacific region and address an India-Estonia business forum led by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from Indian side.

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