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BCCI willing to give Ravi Shastri blank cheque if he continues till ICC World Cup 2015

Ravi Shastri has been appointed as Team Director only for India's One-Day series against England © IANS
Ravi Shastri has been appointed as Team Director only for India’s One-Day series against England © IANS

Aug 21, 2014

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is keen on Ravi Shastri overseeing the affairs of the Indian team at least til the ICC World Cup 2015. Though the BCCI has appointed Shastri only for the One-Day International series against England, they are willing to continue this arrangement till the marquee tournament in Australasia if the former Indian skipper is willing to.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the board intends to pay for his services though the monetary details haven’t been discussed. Moreover, the BCCI will be willing to hand a blank cheque if he is eager to continue for a longer run.

The report also states that Shastri will be actively involved in the decisions taken within the team and will be evaluating the contribution of coach Duncan Fletcher and his utility for the team. Fletcher has been at the helm of India’s overseas defeats in England (2011), Australia (2011-12), South Africa (2013) and New Zealand (2014). Fletcher was the only one to be retained while the fielding coach Trevor Penney and bowling coach Joe Dawes were given rest for the ODI series. A BCCI official had stated that time is running out for Fletcher and they wouldn’t stop him if he resigns as head coach of the Indian team.

The board has appointed Bharat Arun, the India u-19 coach; Sanjay Bangar, the coach of Kings XI Punjab and R Sridhar, fielding coach in the new set of support staff along with Shastri.

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