The last remaining questions about the Indian cricket team’s coaching and support staff were put to rest earlier today. The BCCI retained Ravi Shastri in the team’s directorial role for until the Bangladesh tour, scheduled to start in over a week’s time. Sanjay Bangar, R. Sridhar and Bharat Arun have also received extension in their respective roles as the team’s bowling and batting coaches respectively.
Seeking Success for the National Team
This decision came a day after the induction of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman into the BCCI’s advisory council. The advisory panel has been a new initiation by the BCCI, which seeks to ensure unhinged success for the Indian cricket team.
Re-appointment Brings Welcome Cheer
Mr. Anurag Thakur, BCCI Secretary made the announcements and the decision has been widely welcomed by members of the Indian team. Virat Kohli, skipper of the national test squad also added:
“We would love to have him on board even if he is doing the same job right now. Just to have him around the group is a massive boost for us. To have him around the group in some way would be lovely. To have the head coach or who to have and what to do about is all part of the discussion when we sit down. There is no talk just for the sake of it. He is sensible and something that gives you a lot of confidence and a lot of assurance.”
Other Names in the Mix
Given the short-term nature of this appointment, there have been a couple of other names discussed to take over the coach’s job role. Mr. Shastri himself is keen on a long-term appointment, while the other persons thrown into the mix include Tom Moody and Daniel Vettori. The former Australian is said to be a pick of Laxman, while the former Kiwi player’s name was suggested by the Indian test skipper.