Ravi Shastri, India’s former skipper and an ace commentator who is currently the team Director of the Indian Cricket team can be the highest ever paid cricket coach if reports are to be believed.
Shashtri had earlier went on record to say that if required he would have no two-thoughts about doubling his role as the head coach of the team.
The former all-rounder will be paid a whopping salary of rupees 7 crore per annum and if the deal gets inked, it would make him the highest ever paid coach of a cricket team. Fletcher, who joined Team India in 2011, was paid Rs 4.2 crores a year.
Earlier, Shastri had a 4 crore package with Star Sports to do commentary. However, the current deal will help him earn nearly double the salary he got. “The announcement is expected to be made soon after the end of Bangladesh tour. “We will have another round of discussion after the tour of Bangladesh,” a source was quoted as stated by Hindustan Times.
He first took the role of Indian team’s Director, during the 2014-15 tour of Australia when Duncan Fletcher was the head coach. However, Fletcher whose contract with the BCCI ended with the 2015 World Cup’s semi-final loss to Australia did not renew his contract and since then the team has been without a head coach.
Whether Shastri will have an annual contract or a fixed term would only be known before India leave for Zimbabwe in July, sources said.
Edited by Shivang Aggarwal