After some consistent poor performances away from home, the former Indian cricketers want the current coach Duncan Fletcher to be sacked. According to the news coming from BCCI sources, it is learnt that the board is not willing to sack Fletcher but has some more options up its sleeve.
The BCCI has appointed Ravi Shastri as the director of the Indian team for the limited overs leg of England tour. So this means that Fletcher will still be the coach of the side and Ravi Shastri will be the in-charge of the cricket related affairs that took place within the team.
Also making their entry into the team are Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar and Under-19 winning coach Bharat Arun as the assistant coaches. For the ODI series in England, BCCI has given a break for Jon Dawes, India’s bowling coach and Trevor Penny who is the in-charge for fielding. R. Sridhar will take care of fielding during the five One Day Internationals and the one-of T20 against England.
This decision might have been taken with the future of Indian Cricket team on the mind of the BCCI official who took the decision. Sanjay Bangar, who has represented for India in the past has shown some glimpses of what he can do as a coach when he coached IPL side Kings XI Punjab. Bangar will also be effective in choosing the squads because he as a good vision of the domestic players.
On the other hand, Bharat Arun played a total of 6 matches for India and is not remembered by many as a player. But he has a done a terrific job as a coach when he was made the coach of Bengal Ranji Team that earned him the coach’s slot for the Unmukt Chand led 2012 Under-19 World Cup winning side.
Fielding coach R. Sridhar hasn’t represented India in International arena but has a decent experience as a coach. He is a part of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and was the India Under-19’s assistant coach in the 2014 World Cup before taking the role of Kings XI Punjab’s fielding coach. Ravi Shastri has already managed the Indian team that toured Bangladesh in 2007, just after the sacking of Greg Chappell.