The BCCI is unlikely to appoint a full-time head coach till the 2016 World Twenty20 in India, though the team director Ravi Shastri and three other members of the coaching staff are all set to receive a two-year contract extension.
Shastri and the three assistant coaches – Sanjay Bangar (batting), B Arun (bowling) and R Sridhar (fielding) – had already been assured of renewal of their contracts, but the tenure was not agreed upon. After consulting both the India captains -Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni – the BCCI hierarchy is understood to have informed all four members that they will be appointed for a two-year period. The contracts are likely to be handed before India’s expected departure for Zimbabwe on July 6.
A BCCI insider revealed the board was satisfied with the current arrangement, as all three assistant coaches have gelled well. While some players had expressed apprehension over some of Bangar’s methods, those issues were sorted out in Bangladesh. The insider added that Shastri “would be the boss”, and said he enjoyed the support of Dhoni and Kohli.
Shastri is known to be sharp and direct in his assessment of players’ performances. While he tried to keep the morale high during the defeats against Bangladesh, it is understood he did not hold back whenever he felt a player was not doing well.
Dhoni himself had suggested during the Bangladesh series that the team was comfortable with the existing support staff. “If you are indirectly hinting that we need a coach and all that, we have enough people in the support staff to take care of us,” Dhoni said after the second ODI in Bangladesh.
“Even if the position of the coach is vacant for some time, it is okay. Don’t put just anybody there just because the post is vacant. Then it will have a bad impact in the long run. It takes time to make these decisions, and our team generally doesn’t have that time because we keep playing non-stop.”
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