Mumbai, Aug 19: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today appointed former India captain Ravi Shastri as Director of Cricket of Team India for the ODI series in England starting next week.
Also, BCCI has given a 'break' for bowling and fielding coaches Joe Dawes and Trevor Penny. The Indian cricket board has named Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun as assistant coaches and R Sridhar as fielding coach for the limited overs series. BCCI has previously named Shastri as team's manager for the ODI tour of Bangladesh in 2007.
These appointments come after India's debacle in the just concluded five-Test series against England. MS Dhoni-led side lost the rubber 1-3 after having taken a 1-0 lead at Lord's.
BCCI said that Shastri will be the overall in-charge of the team during the ODI series in England. India will play five ODIs and one Twenty20 International in England starting from August 25.
"In culmination of the discussions among all the office bearers of BCCI over the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Mr. Ravi Shastri to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming one day international matches against England," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a media statement on Tuesday.
"Mr. Duncan Fletcher will continue as Head Coach while Ravi Shastri will be the overall in- charge of cricket affairs of the Indian Team," he 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," Patel said.
Bangar was Kings XI Punjab's coach in the seventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 7) this year. He took the team to the final. Sridhar too was with KXIP as their bowling coach. Sridhar, the left-arm spinner from Hyderabad, was an assistant coach of India Under-19 team at 2014 World Cup. Arun, the former India paceman, was instrumental in taking India to Under-19 World Cup success in 2012.