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Ravi Shastri was appointed the director of cricket by BCCI © Getty Images

Aug 20, 2014

Ravi Shastri, after being appointed as Team India‘s director of cricket, said a post-mortem on the team’s shambolic collapse in the last three Tests in England would be high on his priority list and that he would sit down and talk to the team about what went wrong in the camp.

“My brief is to work with Duncan Fletcher and find out why a team that posted a splendid victory at Lord’s collapsed in the last three matches. Like the BCCI, I too am eager to find out what went wrong and how it can be set right.”, Shastri was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Shastri was Board of Control of Cricket in India’s (BCCI) go-to man during a previous crisis situation as well. After India were uncerimoniously dumped in ICC World Cup 2007, Shasri succeeded the then coach Greg Chappell on a stop-gap period. When asked he would swap his commentary duties for a full time directorial role, Shastri said, “I can’t talk about the future because the situation is quite fluid. My first job is to find out what went wrong and file a report to the BCCI. It will be up to the board to act on it and take it forward,” he said.

“I think the fact that they have appointed assistant coaches, who have very real interest in Indian cricket as against commercial interests of some others, will make an impact. Mind you, it won’t be an immediate impact. This is not instant coffee. So you just have to be a little more patient,”