Ravi Shastri (left) is now the team Director of Team India © IANS
Ravi Shastri (left) is now the team Director of Team India © IANS

Colombo: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur on Thursday confirmed that a call on India’s new chief coach will be taken in September in consultation with Cricket Advisory Committee(CAC) before the start of the South Africa home series in October. South Africa will play four Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is during their 72-day long tour of India and Thakur said they have left the decision to appoint the new coach on Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. READ: BCCI to take call on Ravi Shastri’s future with Indian team before South Africa series

“I think it is very important to have a full-time coach for any team. We have taken some time to decide and most probably in the month of September, we will finalise the coach,” Thakur told official broadcasters ‘Sony Six’ during a lunchtime interview.

“Shashri is holding the position of the director for the last few months and he has done well with the Indian cricket team, the boys have given us a good feedback about him, so the only issue is if we want a full time coach then what would be the set-up. We can’t be having 10 people with the Indian cricket team. READ: Ravi Shastri: India will not change their style of play

“So we have left it to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) to decide how many people will be required, how many coaches will be required, whether a bowling coach, a batting coach, a full-time coach or a director. Let them take a call, come back to BCCI in September and before the South Africa series, I can assure you that we will take a call on that.”

Asked if BCCI is concerned at the way Indian team is struggling against spin bowling and if the board is going to look at the domestic pitches differently, Thakur said: “I think this issue was discussed in the captain and coaches conclave as well. READ: BCCI to take call on Ravi Shastri’s future before South Africa series

“I think in the last few years we have moved towards green pitches and bouncy tracks. We have seen batsmen struggling against spinners in the last Test. Even in India A match in the first innings, the spinners took five wickets. So I think we will have to look at the domestic cricket and preparation of the pitches and see what we really require.” VIDEO: Anurag Thakur says India will not play with Pakistan