Ravi Shastri, other Srinivasan 'loyalists' on their way out of BCCI

  • Anand Sachar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 18, 2015 13:36 IST

The shift of power in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) means the look of the team and the support staff could undergo a change as well.

With Jagmohan Dalmiya at the helm, the players, members of the support staff and administrators from the N Srinivasan camp may be shown the door. HT has learnt that team director Ravi Shastri is the first of a few in the line to not feature in the scheme of things anymore.

"The president (Dalmiya) believes Shastri has been pro-Srinivasan. He does not see Shastri as a long-term member of the team. He is very keen on having Sourav Ganguly as a part of the national setup," a BCCI source told HT. "Dalmiya believes Shastri has not delivered the results too."

Just after the IPL was rocked by the spot-fixing scandal in 2013, Shastri had lavished praise on Srinivasan, the-then BCCI chief. "He's been a terrific administrator. He's a genuine sports lover and has contributed immensely," he had said at a function in Mumbai.

Shastri had taken over as team director during the ODIs in England last year. While the Indians won the ODI tussle against Alastair Cook's men, they were blanked on their trip Down Under. India lost the Test series 0-2 before failing to win a single game in the tri-series. Even in the World Cup, the Men in Blue failed to defend the title.

After India lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy post the drawn Melbourne Test, Shastri had said the players' 'mindset' mattered more than the 'scoreline'. But clearly, the BCCI under Dalmiya is keen on results too.

"Ganguly knows how to win abroad. He is India's most successful captain away from home. Shastri has not got us the results we wanted, so we could ask Ganguly to step in," the BCCI source said. "It is unlikely Shastri will go to Bangladesh, so he could go back to his media commitments."

Among other options, the former India captain has been approached for the posts of high-performance manager and team director. Whether the BCCI manages to rope in Ganguly before the Bangladesh series remains to be seen. It is also learnt that BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur is not keen on being the man who asks Shastri to leave.

So while Shastri, in a desperate situation, may be asked to travel with the team for the Bangladesh tour, which commences in the first week of June, he is not part of the BCCI's long-term plans.

Former India captains, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, may also be offered roles within the national setup in various capacities.

In another move that highlights the transfer of power, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry could function more out of the board's headquarters in Mumbai than from Chennai, like during Srinivasan's regime.

Similarly, the umpires' academy in Nagpur, which was almost non-functional during Srinivasan's tenure, is set to become active again.

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