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Will be happy to have Ravi bhai as coach, will tell CAC: Virat Kohli

Coach Ravi Shastri (L) with Indian captain Virat Kohli (R). Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, india Jul 30, 2019, 07.55 AM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said that will be very happy if Ravi Shastri continues to be team head coach.

"The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) hasn't contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I'll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven't been contacted so far," Kohli told reporters before leaving for West Indies.

The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has invited applications for the position of the head coach for the men's cricket team, which has been held by foreign coaches in 15 out of the last 17 years.

In a statement, the BCCI said it was inviting applications for the positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach as well as an administrative manager.

Former India all-rounder Shastri was appointed in 2017 and succeeded former captain Anil Kumble, who stepped down after a falling out with skipper Virat Kohli despite a successful run while in charge of the team.

Also see: After Shastri who? Foreign coaches who can help power India's World Cup dream in 2023

Under Shastri's guidance, India won a maiden Test series in Australia earlier this year and are ranked number one in the world in the format.

The contract of the current coaching staff is set to expire after the tour of the West Indies starting August 3, where India play three T20 internationals, three ODIs and two Tests.

The deadline for the applications end on July 30.

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The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has invited applications for the position of the head coach for the men's cricket team, which has been held by foreign coaches in 15 out of the last 17 years.