Ravi Shastri named Team India’s interim coach

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Former captain Ravi Shastri was on Tuesday named as the interim coach of Indian cricket team. He is also retained as the director of the Team India for the tour of Bangladesh starting June 10 as the BCCI continued its search for a new permanent coach to succeed Duncan Fletcher.

Shastri, who served as Team Director during the tour of Australia and the subsequent World Cup earlier this year, is a stop-gap arrangement for the short tour as the BCCI is yet to decide on a full-time coach to replace Duncan Fletcher, whose contract has ended.

“BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya has named Ravi Shastri as interim coach of the Indian team. This is for the Bangladesh tour and future decisions will be taken after this,” BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said.

“Mr. Sanjay Bangar, Assistant Coach (Batting), Mr. B. Arun, Assistant Coach (Bowling) and Mr. R. Sridhar, Assistant Coach (Fielding), will assist Mr. Shastri during the tour. Mr. Biswarup Dey will be the Administrative Manager. Mr. Rishikesh Upadhayaya has been appointed as Logistics Manager for the tour,” Anurag Thakur added.

Thakur said Shastri’s appointment was a stop-gap arrangement and the Board will name a permanent coach later.

The full-time coach’s appointment will be done after consulting the newly-formed advisory committee of the BCCI, which comprises former greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

“This (the appointment of Shastri) is for the Bangladesh tour and future decisions will be taken after this,” Thakur said.

India is set to play one Test and three One-Day Internationals during the tour of Bangladesh. Shastri represented India in 80 Tests and 150 ODIs for India and was part of the side which lifted the 1983 World Cup.

Under Shastri’s guidance earlier this year, the Indian team lost the Test series in Australia 0-2 after a fighting performance but went down tamely in the ODI tri-series that followed. While, in the World Cup, Team India crashed out in the semi-finals against the host Australia.

Earlier on Monday, continuing with its team rebuilding drive, the BCCI inducted former ‘greats’ Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman to guide the Board and the national team on various “progressive steps” needed for future challenges.

The BCCI said the three legends’ guidance will be sought in preparing the national team for grueling overseas assignments besides strengthening the domestic structure.