India cricket coach: Ravi Shastri throws name in India coach hat

NEW DELHI: Former India allrounder and captain Ravi Shastri , who was team director of the men's team from August 2014 to April 2016, has apparently decided to submit his name for the vacant position of head coach. According to the New Indian Express, Shastri has thrown his name into contention after the BCCI , in the aftermath of Anil Kumble 's resignation last week, decided to invite more applicants despite criticism by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators. "Yes, I have decided to apply for the job," he was quoted as saying to the newspaper.This means that Shastri, 55, joins a list that comprises Virender Sehwag Tom Moody , Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh and Richard Pybus. Interestingly, Shastri had been vocally critical when the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar , Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had last year approved Kumble for the coach's role.The BCCI in May, just days ahead of the Indian cricket team's defence of the ICC Champions Trophy title, advertised for the head coach's job but "endorsed and extension" to Kumble's one-year deal. Virat Kohli denied reports of a rift with Kumble, who proceeded to step down as head coach after a year in charge, because his "partnership" with the captain was "untenable".In his statement of resignation, Kumble said that the BCCI had "attempted to resolve the misunderstandings" but felt it was "best to move on".His resignation came less than two days after India were beaten by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.Under Kumble, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia to cement their place as the No 1 team in the ICC Test Championship, as well as limited-overs series over New Zealand and England.

June 27, 2017 12:04 UTC

Modi-Trump meet: PM Modi gifts hand-woven shawls, Lincoln stamp to the Trumps

PM @narendramodi presented stamps issued by Indian Government on death centenary of Abraham Lincoln to @POTUS — narendramodi_in (@narendramodi_in) June 27, 2017WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gifted US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a range of gifts, including a handcrafted Himachali silver bracelet, tea and honey from Kangra Valley and hand-woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir.During his maiden face-to-face meeting with Trump, Modi gifted a folio containing the 1965 dated original commemorative postal stamp, issued to mark the death centenary of Abraham Lincoln "The stamp honoured the memory of a great American President and the symbolised closeness of ideals" Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi believed in, the Prime Minister's Office posted on Twitter. "For @FLOTUS, PM presented a hamper containing a traditional, handcrafted Himachali silver bracelet, tea and honey from Kangra valley," it said. "Hand-woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh were also presented to @FLOTUS," it said.Later Trump gave PM Modi a guided tour of the President's residence quarters in White House, including Lincoln bedroom, and showed him a copy of Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address and the desk on which he wrote it.PM Modi, who met Trump for the first time after the latter took office earlier this year, held extensive bilateral talks with the US officials focusing on terrorism, trade, energy, and defence.The two-day trip included a 'working dinner' at the White House, meeting with US CEOs and an address to the Indian community in Washington.

June 27, 2017 11:37 UTC