Ravi Shastri would never have made it under current BCCI coaching eligibility norms

first_imgThere has been a lot of curiosity around the eligibility criteria laid down by BCCI for the Indian head coach position as opposed to the last time the post was advertised.Interestingly, current coach Ravi Shastri, who remains a strong contender to get the job again, would never have qualified if the ‘prior coaching experience’ norms were adhered to when he was named Team Director in 2014.The new coaching advertisement seeks applicants who have been ‘head coach of a full member Test playing nation for a minimum period of two years or head coach of an associate member/IPL or equivalent international leagues/first class teams/national A teams for a minimum three years’.Shastri, who played for India from 1982 till 1992, had been working as a cricket broadcaster after his retirement and had no prior coaching experience at the time, except a series in Bangladesh in 2007 with the Indian team.The then-BCCI dispensation during the N Srinivasan era drafted Ravi Shastri in as team director mid-way through the tour of England in August 2014 even when Duncan Fletcher was the coach and World Cup 2015 was around the corner.Ravi Shastri remained team director till June 2016 until India lost in the World T20 semi-finals before being reappointed as head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble was removed following his differences with captain Virat Kohli.The Shastri-Kohli combine has helped India climb the top of the Test rankings with a historic series triumph in Australia. However, under Shastri, India have failed to get past the semi-finals at World Cup 2015, World T20 2016 and World Cup 2019. Shastri is also an automatic contender for the head coach post advertised for a two-year term.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli set to travel to West Indies for T20Is, ODIs and TestsAlso Read | Kapil Dev-led CAC favourites to pick Indian team coachAlso Read | BCCI’s new Cricket Advisory Committee to pick Team India head coachlast_img read more

Ronaldo: Neymar’s exit like mine

first_imgNeymar Brazil legend Ronaldo: Neymar’s Barcelona exit was like mine Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 07:13 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) neymar - cropped Bongarts Neymar PSG Internazionale Barcelona Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División The Brazilian stunned the football world when he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, and his countryman says his exit was similar Former Brazil star Ronaldo believes Neymar’s sensational world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain was similar to his own Barcelona exit.Ronaldo enjoyed one extraordinary season at Camp Nou, scoring 34 La Liga goals in 37 appearances before leaving for Inter ahead of the 1997-98 campaign.PSG -2 v Angers 13/10 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His form at Barca helped him become FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997, but he grew unhappy and contract negotiations broke down, with Inter then swooping in to pay his release clause.Neymar’s €222 million switch shocked the football world in August, with Barca adamant PSG were flouting Financial Fair Play regulations.Reports at the time suggested Neymar had grown frustrated with the club’s hierarchy, and Ronaldo revealed that he had the same issue.Paris Saint-Germain are absolutely thrilled to announce the arrival of @neymarjr !!!https://t.co/chFTIcsb7X#BemvindoNeymarJR  pic.twitter.com/lWk6nIX1S1— PSG English (@PSG_English) August 3, 2017″Neymar’s exit from Barca was a bit like mine,” the 41-year-old told Veja. “I went to Inter when the Italian league was much stronger than France is now.”I don’t have the details and I don’t know what was behind the negotiation [for Neymar]. Maybe everything came from problems with the Barcelona board, as was the case with me. I’d do it [leave] again.”Ronaldo, who retired in 2011, wants to become involved in the operational running of a club, rather than a coaching role, something he “can’t imagine” ever wanting to do.He said: “I’m looking for a club to become [general] team manager of. I want to have this kind of experience, in Brazil or elsewhere, while we run football academies.”I completely rule out coaching a team in my life. I can’t imagine 25 players bothering me every day, doing everything possible to trick me.”last_img read more