1.35 pm: Sourav Ganguly to be included in the BCCI Advisory panel. A 2 membered board including, Sourav,Ravi Shastri and Sachin Tendulkar to be formed. Dada might be made the High Performance Manager of the BCCI. BCCI Jt. Secretary Anurag Thakur said to the media. The final decision is likely to be out within a short span of time. Sourav will work closely with the captain and the coach of the team.
Kolkata: The wait is almost over. Sourav Ganguly is all set to return to the Indian dressing room in an entire new avatar. According to close sources in BCCI, Dada is likely to replace Ravi Shastri as the team’s director. He might also be asked to take the team to Bangladesh as India is devoid of any coach at the moment. The BCCI’s mandate is clear. They want to have a strategist who will help Team India boost its overseas record and for that they have turned to former captain Sourav Ganguly.
At present, the BCCI working committee has sat for a meeting to decide on the future of Indian cricket and Ganguly’s role in it. Sourav will either take charge as the Team Director or the High Performance Manager. The former India captain will most likely travel to Bangladesh with the team. Though some BCCI members are in favour of scrapping the Team Director’s position, it will be retained till at least the Zimbabwe tour. However, Ravi Shastri is unlikely to hold onto his position. It is learnt that he wouldn’t be keen on taking the job unless he is retained for a longer duration.
Meanwhile, Ganguly has also told the board that he would only be interested in a BCCI position if given a longer duration. He wants to prepare a team for the 2019 World Cup.The Board is also keen to acknowledge Ravi Shastri’s good work with Team India. So he is likely to be awarded with a position in the Cricket Advisory Committee. The Board Secretary is also waiting for one final chat with Sachin Tendulkar before they give final shape to the all-powerful committee.