Ravi Shastri, the former India all-rounder and Team India’s cricket director may be holding the highest position in the dressing room, but apparently he was not directed consulted for the selection of two ODI teams, one for the tri-nation series to follow immediately after the ongoing Test match and the other for the World Cup to be played thereafter.In August last year, the TV commentator Shastri was appointed as director of the Indian cricket team for the ODI series after team’s debacle in the Test matches in England. Subsequently, his contract has been extended until the World Cup.
It was an arrangement with the understanding that coach Duncan Fletcher would report to Shahstri and that he would be in overall charge of the team.
“There were deliberations between five zonal selectors and captain Mahednra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher were on the tele-conference call,” Sanjay Patel said without naming the role Shastri in the team selection.
“The selectors chose the team in the selection committee meetings where convener (secretary Sanjay Patel) is the boss. The views of the captain and coach are heard (but) it is not binding on them (selectors) to chose the players suggested by captain or coach,” Patel added. “Who knows the captain and coach may have had Shastri’s feedback before the call.”
Interestingly, Shastri’s views were sought while offering jobs to Sanjay Bangar, Bhaarat Arun and R. Sridhar for the specilaist coach positions with the team. He was also consulted for deciding future of Joe Dawes (bowling coach) and the fielding coach, Mr. Trevor Penney.
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