The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) interviewed five shortlisted candidates yesterday, to choose the new Indian head coach. During the press conference, Ganguly said “We need a few more days,” to name the coach.

However, CAC did not take that much time to announce a new name as the Indian coach. As expected by recent developments that happened within Indian cricket, Ravi Shastri has now been named as the new coach.

The announcement has followed after Committee of Administrators had urged BCCI to announce the name immediately, even though the CAC members needed more time to take the call.

Having passed the interview, Shastri will be the Indian head coach until 2019 World Cup as per the present agreement.

Earlier yesterday, Shastri was interviewed by CAC members through Skype as he was in the UK. He had stayed back in the UK after the Champions Trophy

Shastri had not joined the race earlier for the post of head coach. But after the date to appoint new coach was extended to July 9, he showed his interest to participate in the competition.

According to a CricketNext report, a BCCI official said that while the initial decision was set to be taken after Kohli returns from America next week, things took a turn late on Monday night after discussions between the COA and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

“Till around 9:30 in the evening, it was decided that the coach’s call would be made after the CAC meets with Kohli once he is back from America. But then things started rolling, and the COA made it clear to the CAC that the announcement should be made today itself. Johri and BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary were briefed of the same,” the official said.