Ravi Shastri, former Indian captain, has emerged as the go-to man for the Indian board whenever it finds itself in crisis — be it vacant coaching positions, or anti-corruption probes against its own president. Likewise, every time the BCCI is unable to decide on the next Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman, Shastri’s name inevitably ends up being discussed, even if he doesn’t end up with the post.
As recently as last week, ahead of India’s short tour of Bangladesh, the BCCI appointed Shastri the “Director of the Indian Cricket Team”. He was first appointed to the post in August last year following India’s disastrous showing in the Test series in England. Shastri continued as team director till the end of this year’s World Cup, where India reached the semifinals.