Indian Premier League new entrant Ahmedabad franchise is likely to sign Ravi Shastri and the other support staff from the Indian team under him for the upcoming season, according to a report by Cricbuzz.
However, Shastri is yet to respond to the offer as he, along with bowling coach Bharath Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar, are focused on India's T20 World Cup campaign.
"Information to this effect emerged in Dubai where the promoters of the new IPL team owners are understood to have made an approach to the outgoing Indian team coaches recently," the report said.
"Association with an IPL team may prevent him from earning a direct commentary contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) because of the Conflict of Interest rules but he would try to sign up with the broadcaster directly, like VVS Laxman who has managed to do commentary while also being involved with an IPL franchise (as a mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad). It is learnt that Shastri already has a few offers from some top broadcasters in the world, Star Sports and Sony Sports included," the report added.
Meanwhile, CVC Capitals, the company who won the bid for the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5600 crore last month, are keen to develop a team culture from their debut season. Shastri, winner of the 1983 World Cup, made a name for himself as a commentator for over two decades before taking over the role as India's head coach in 2014.
The BCCI on Thursday announced batting great Rahul Dravid as Shastri's successor starting with the New Zealand series on November 17.