Ravi Shastri has been named as the interim director of team India for its upcoming tour of Bangladesh which commences on the 10th of June. The news was confirmed by BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur on Tuesday.
Anurag Thakur was quoted saying, “BCCI has appointed Ravi Shastri as the interim director for Bangladesh tour,” said Thakur while talking to the media. “B Arun will be the bowling coach, Sanjay Bangar will be the batting coach and R Sridhar will be the fielding coach.”
Shastri was initially appointed the Director of the Indian Team after the team’s dismal show in the England tests last year. Shastri was given complete authority since August last year. Under his guidance, the Indian team excelled to a great extent and displayed a fighting spirit in Australia. Several stars of the Indian team such as Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina thanked Shastri for improving their game and helping them.
Once Shastri was made the director, the role of the coach wasn’t too effective as Duncan Fletcher took a back seat. Now with Fletcher’s stint with team India over, the BCCI is on the hunt for a new coach. While some sources report that Sourav Ganguly could take over as the new coach; some say that the BCCI will choose a foreign coach.
Shastri has a good experience of working with the current set of players and his appointment as the director is now expected to further bolster the side. Shastri will travel to Bangladesh with the national team who arrive in Kolkata on June 5 and thereafter depart for Bangladesh for the three ODIs and a solitary Test. The tour will begin on June 10 with the lone test at Fattullah.
Still, there is a big question mark regarding the successor of Duncan Fletcher. The new set of coaching staff is likely to be finalised in consultation with the cricket advisory committee before India’s tour to Zimbabwe in July.
It must be noted that under Shastri, the Indian team made it to the semi-finals in the 2015 World Cup.