Former India cricket team director Ravi Shastri has stepped down from the ICC Cricket Committee on Friday. The move from the former cricketer comes just days after Anil Kumble beat him for the India coach's job.
Shastri, 54, was the media representative in the ICC Cricket Committee, of which Kumble is the chairman.
"I have already submitted my resignation. There are personal commitments and I have been there for six years," Shastri told the Press Trust of India without further elaborating anything. Although Shastri may have cited personal commitments, there is intense speculation that the cricket commentator's decision may have been influenced by the BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee's (CAC) decision to prefer Kumble over him for the India coach job.
"Just like Sourav, Ravi is also an emotional man at one level. He is yet to come to terms with rejection," said a BCCI source. "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," the source added.
Shastri blamed that one of the CAC members, Sourav Ganguly, was not present during his skype interview for the India coach job and it was 'disrespectful'.