Shastri quits Kumble-led ICC Committee citing personal commitments


Former Indian team director, Ravi Shastri has resigned from the Anil Kumble led ICC’s Cricket Committee as media representative.

Shastri has resigned at a time when he has been overlooked by the BCCI and has selected Anil Kumble as the coach of Indian team despite of his little coaching experience.

However, the former allrounder told Press Trust of India, “I have already submitted my resignation. There are personal commitments and I have been there for six years.”

The actual reason of Shastri’s resignation can be his commitments as a commentator, TV expert and columnist, but, there are rumors that he has probably resigned in frustration of being rejected. He and former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly had a rift over the appointment of Indian coach as Ganguly was a part of that committee that had to select the coach along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

A BCCI source revealed, “Just like Sourav, Ravi is also an emotional man at one level. He is yet to come to terms with rejection. Since he became a media representative as BCCI nominee, probably, he is not willing to continue in that post. Also with Kumble expressing his opinion to continue as chairman, it might just be uncomfortable for both of them to sit in a meeting.”

“Also media representative is more of a decorative post in ICC Cricket Committee,” he added.

Shastri was crossed because Ganguly wasn’t present with the panel when he was interviewed over Skype and he termed Ganguly’s attitude as disrespectful.

Ganguly responded Shastri’s comments by saying, “If Ravi was so serious about the job, he should have been in Kolkata for interview rather than appearing through Skype while holidaying in Bangkok.”