Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said that the management changes made to the Indian cricket team’s support staff could have been made after the England tour. It is worth mentioning that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named former India captain Ravi Shastri as Director, Indian Team, for the five-match ODI series against England. They also appointed Sanjay Bangar as assistant to chief coach Duncan Fletcher. India had lost the five match test series in England 3-1, although they had taken a 1-0 lead after two tests. The coaching staff has been under immense scrutiny in the last few days, but Dravid believes that the changes should not have been made mid-series.
He said, “You don’t have problems if people want to make changes, it’s part of professional sport. (But) there is still not a lot of clarity on whether this is a long term appointment or the changes we have seen are for this series, so there’s a bit of confusion around that.Sometimes from a players’ perspective that can be quite hard. I hope that’s something Ravi will handle quite well. All these players also build relationships with support staff and as players you do recognise that at some level you are actually responsible for your own success and failure.”
He also said that Fletcher had a good rapport with the team. He added, “If you ask me, I think he’s got a lot of knowledge and I know having been around the team that the team does respect him and a lot of them get along very well with him and do ask him for a lot of technical advice. There is a good rapport between him and Dhoni. I thought Ravi was very good in the time that he was there with the team. He’s obviously got a lot of experience that he has to offer as a player. By personality he’s a very positive, outgoing, upbeat kind of person, which can really help the team. His personality can help a lot of the younger players because they do respect him and what he’s done for the game.”