BCCI inducts three former ‘greats’ in its panel

SansadTV Bureau

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The BCCI on Monday inducted India’s former greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman in its newly-constituted cricket advisory panel to guide the Board in all major decisions related to the game. BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur announced the induction of the three greats of Indian cricket on micro-blogging site twitter.

“I welcome & thank @Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly @VVSLaxman281 for joining @BCCI. Privileged to have your guidance & support, as we start a new inning!” tweeted Anurag Thakur.

Earlier, BCCI treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary’s also tweeted “Great to have @Sachin Tendulkar , @VVSLaxman281 and @SGanguly99 advising @BCCI on cricket. Their interest in youngsters should bode well for cricket!”

The 42 year-old Sachin Tendulkar, who is also the Member of Parliament in the Upper house played a whopping 200 Tests and 463 ODIs by scoring 15,921 and 18,426 runs respectively apart from a T20 International before retiring in 2013.

Saurav Ganguly, the other 43-year-old member of the panel, played in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs for India apart from leading the country to the final of 2003 World Cup. The 40-year-old Laxman played in 134 Tests and 86 ODIs.

While there had been lot of speculation of late regarding Ganguly’s appointment as chief coach or Team Director, his appointment in advisory panel might mean that either Ravi Shastri will continue in his current role or a new chief coach and support staff will be taking charge.

Ganguly might well be consulted for preparing a blueprint for success of the team overseas with Laxman working on the bench-strength and the new talent coming in through the system.