Shastri to continue as India’s director of cricket until end of World Cup

Shastri will continue being India's director of cricket, while Fletcher will carry on as head coach

Shastri will continue being India’s director of cricket, while Fletcher will carry on as head coach

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Former India captain Ravi Shastri will continue on as the national team’s director of cricket until the end of the 2015 World Cup.

The decision to extend Shastri’s role was taken at the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) working committee meeting on Friday.

Shastri was initially made India’s director of cricket prior to the start of the five-match ODI series against England. According to numerous players, Shastri was one of the main reasons why the national team ended up winning the series 3-1 since he constantly had one-on-one chats to help players with their problems.

It has also been announced that Duncan Fletcher will carry on as head coach, while Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar will continue to be India’s support staff until the end of the World Cup as well.

India’s bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penney, who were given a break following the national team’s 3-1 thrashing at the hands of England in the recent five-Test series, will complete their terms at the National Cricket Academy.

“Mr. Ravi Shastri will oversee the activities of the Indian Team as a Director during the West Indies Home Series and the Test Series in Australia,” a BCCI release said. “He will be with the Indian Team on a full-time basis during the Triangular series in Australia and also for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.”

The working committee also decided that the board’s annual general meeting (AGM) will be held on November 20.

According to their own regulations, the BCCI’s AGM is supposed to take place on September 30 every year. But, it will be held at a later date this year since the board’s president, Narayanaswami Srinivasan, has been asked to step aside by the Supreme Court until the investigation into the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) match-fixing and corruption scandal is completed.

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