India news May 20, 2015

Fletcher's replacement not decided yet

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'We're in the process of finalising the coach' - Thakur

The BCCI is yet to decide on the replacement of Duncan Fletcher, the India coach whose tenure ended after the World Cup. Anurag Thakur, the board secretary, revealed that the BCCI was considering changes in all positions "whether it's the coach or the support staff". 

The time frame for the appointments has not been set, though, nor was it made clear if Ravi Shastri, the India team director since the tour of England, would continue. "Good things come to those who wait," Thakur said. "We are in the process of finalising that in the cricket advisory committee and also shortlisting the name of the coaches who are available for the interview. Once that process is completed we will be in a position to take a final call to select the coach."

There is still no clarity on Duncan Fletcher's replacement, and if Ravi Shastri will continue as team director © Getty Images

Asked about what coaching and support staff would travel to Bangladesh, Thakur remained vague and said it would be finalised next week. However, ESPNcricinfo understands that Shastri in not likely to accompany the team to Bangladesh and his tenure is all but over. India's tour to Bangladesh starts with the only Test in Fatullah on June 10, and in case the board fails to make a decision by then, the team is likely to leave with the assistant coaches - Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar - in charge.  

It is also understood that Sourav Ganguly's name is being discussed as either the team director or the High Performance Manager for the National Cricket Academy. 

Rahul Dravid is also likely to be approached for a coaching job for India A. However, no formal approach has been made yet to either of the two. Dravid, in the past, had indicated his interest in coaching before adding "there is a time and place for everything". Speaking at the Dilip Sardesai lecture last September, he had said, "I would love at some stage to work with young cricketers. Whether that's with the Indian coach, I don't know. It could be as a coach of a Ranji team at some stage."

Without naming anyone, Thakur said the board was keen on utilising the services of former cricketers. "They can share ideas, they can be advisors to the board and we want to involve them to improve our domestic cricket, to improve our performances overseas, in the overall interest of Indian cricket," he said. 

With inputs from Amol Karhadkar

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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