Ravi Shastri was appointed after India © Getty Images
Ravi Shastri was appointed after India © Getty Images

Sep 11, 2014

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to ask Ravi Shastri to continue his role of Director of Cricket till the ICC World Cup 2015. Under-fire coach Duncan Fletcher too is expected to stay on.

According to a report in Times of India, the BCCI believes that Shastri made a difference to the team. “He took charge at a very short notice and made a huge difference. If he stays on, it will be a big boost for our team. We will discuss with him how to take it forward,” said a source. “Let us see what he feels about it. If all goes well, he should be there with the team when we play in Australia and the World Cup.”

On the other hand, Shastri himself was full of praise for Fletcher. “Fletcher is tremendous. He is technically very sound, is a solid character, is respected and a fatherly figure. ”

“The members will discuss the report in the working committee and take a final call on the issue. We will also look into the interests of the team,” the source added.

The source said that the future of bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penny would have to be decided upon. “The details of it will be worked out over the course of the next few days. We will have to see about the contracts of Joe Dawes and Trevor Penney, who were sent on leave from the middle of the tour.”