The BCCI has already announced that Ravi Shastri will remain Team Director till the World T20 © PTI
The BCCI has already announced that Ravi Shastri will remain Team Director till the World T20 © PTI

New Delhi: The Indian cricket team will have a new coach when the players turn up in the national jersey post the Indian Premier League (IPL) in April-May. The BCCI has already announced that Ravi Shastri will remain Team Director till the World T20 along with the rest of support staff — Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. A BCCI official said that its high profile advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will select the coach post World T20 in March-April. “After World T20, whatever tour is, we would like to have the coach in place. We will get time during IPL (in April-May) so our effort will be to call the meeting of advisory panel and decide on the coach. We will begin the process after the World T20,” said the official. India are scheduled to tour West Indies post the IPL. Michael Hussey had earlier revealed that Laxman approached him for the India coaching job but he turned it down due to personal reasons. BCCI announce partnership with PepsiCo

Earlier, Beverage major PepsiCo, which pulled out as title sponsors of the BCCI backed IPL in October, today entered into a four-year partnership with the apex cricket body as an associate sponsor for all its international matches at home. This would make PepsiCo as BCCI’s official partner for refreshment, snacks and drinks besides grounds right where the beverage firm would have visibility on the field. The announcement comes four months after PepsiCo had withdrawn as title sponsor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by walking out from five year contract which was due to expire in 2017. The agreement also gives PepsiCo benefits of prominence in In-Stadia branding and On-Ground advertising for 80 matches in four years across the three formats.