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Former India captain Ravi Shastri has been appointed as director of cricket for the national team’s upcoming five-match ODI series against England, which gets underway on August 25 in Bristol.
It was also announced that Duncan Fletcher will continue on as head coach despite India’s horrendous 3-1 thrashing in the recently concluded Test series.
However, fielding coach Trevor Penney and bowling coach Joe Dawes have both been “given a break” for the ODI series.
Sanjay Bangar and former India pace bowler Bharat Arun have been named assistant coaches for the ODI series, while Ramakrishnan Sridhar, the ex-Hyderabad spinner, has been appointed as fielding coach.
“The team is with Ravi Shastri,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo. “Now it is his baby. He will handle everything.”
A BCCI release added: “In their continuing efforts to re-energise the support to the team, the BCCI has given a break to the bowling coach Mr Joe Dawes and the fielding coach, Mr Trevor Penny for the one day series and appointed Mr Sanjay Bangar, former Indian all rounder and former India fast bowler Mr Bharat Arun as the Asst. coaches of the team. Mr R.Sridhar will join the support team as the fielding coach for the one day series.”