Ravi Shastri Approached During Manchester Test; BCCI in no Hurry to Sack Duncan Fletcher

Duncan Fletcher's position as Team India coach remains fluid. The BCCI's decision to revamp the coaching roster for the ODI series against England may see more modifications in the near future.

updated: August 22, 2014 14:56 IST
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Disappointed at India's hattrick of Test losses against England, senior BCCI officials called up Shastri in London to step in as team boss.


The decision to appoint a director on top of the chief coach was not an overnight decision by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. According to Ravi Shastri, he was approached by BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel on Day 2 (August 8) of the fourth Test at Manchester to take charge of the coaching staff. India lost the Old Trafford by an innings inside three days and repeated the 'feat' in the fifth and final Test at The Oval to lose the series 3-1.

The BCCI is not in a hurry to sack chief Duncan Fletcher. Board secretary Sanjay Patel has been quoted by the Indian Express on Friday, saying: "At the moment, it will be unfair to say anything about Fletcher's ability or his future. Everything will be decided after we assess the tour report that will be presented to us by the coach and manager." Fletcher's contract with the BCCI is till the end of the 2015 World Cup. Fletcher's assistants - bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penney - have been given a 'break', usually a subtle hint to step down. (Fletcher May Quit Before India-West Indies Series: BCCI Source)

A number of scenarios confront BCCI. If Fletcher quits after the England ODI series, then the Board will either ask Shastri to continue till the World Cup and bolster the coaching staff. Not surprisingly, Rahul Dravid's name is doing the rounds. Dravid has been successful as a mentor to IPL team Rajasthan Royals but still remains inexperienced as a classical coach. The BCCI has already appointed Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R. Sridhar as assistant coaches. (Also read: Shastri says Team India will learn from England defeat)

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