BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday said that the decision on India’s new coach will be taken soon and the process will be completed ahead of South Africa’s tour. South Africa are scheduled to tour India from September for 4 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20s in 72-day long tour.

“The three-member cricket committee, which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, has been entrusted with the job of suggesting names for the post of chief coach. BCCI will wait for their suggestions,” Thakur told The Times of India.

Ravi Shastri has been the given the charge of the team till the Sri Lanka tour and BCCI will probably take a call on the coaching staff before the South Africa series. If the cricket committee suggests the name of a coach, the board will pursue it,” he added.

When asked about his views on the upcoming season of IPL 9 and BCCI’s plan of how to keep it an eight-team tournament, Thakur said that it’s too early to speak anything about it.

“We are working everything out and trying to consider the best possible option for the IPL. Right now, we can’t reveal much. As far as BCCI is concerned, there is no apprehension about auctioning two new teams,” he said.

Earlier on Monday, Thakur also said that the resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan at the end of this year may not be possible following Gurdaspur terror attack.

“Earlier also there was no such decision that the series will take place. Only the PCB had reached out to the BCCI. We were talking on those lines but when you see such attack on India time and again, the Jammu region, now the Punjab, where Indians are losing their lives, as an Indian I don’t see a possibility of that [bilateral series],” Thakur said.

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