Sports Desk: Ravi Shastri, the former allrounder-turned-commentator and Team India director, has been appointed the cricket team's new coach till the 2019 World Cup.
Former India pacer Zaheer Khan has been named the team's bowling coach, while batting legend Rahul Dravid will be brought on board in a specialised role as overseas batting coach.
The developments were announced by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) late in the night on Tuesday.
Rumours of Shastri's appointment had been swirling since late Tuesday afternoon. The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which appointed the coaches first put off announcing the decision that was made on Monday itself before finally recommending the names to the board after over 24 hours.
BCCI acting president C K Khanna confirmed the developments after speaking with CAC members. TOI had reported on Tuesday that all Indian players, led by captain Virat Kohli, were unanimously in favour of Shastri taking over the role of coach, left vacant after Anil Kumble's resignation last month.
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