Legendary Indian batsman, VVS Laxman has endorsed Ravi Shastri and the support staff to stay, at least till next year's World Cup. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed Shastri as the team director following the 3-1 drubbing in the Test series in England.
Former batsman VVS Laxman believes that tinkering with Team India's support staff is not a viable option and newly-appointed Team Director Ravi Shastri and coach Duncan Fletcher should stay till the 2015 World Cup.
His report will decide Duncan Fletcher's future as India's cricket coach and Ravi Shastri, who served as Team Director during the just-concluded limited overs series against England, has put his weight behind the under-fire Zimbabwean by calling him a "solid character".
The reports of head coach Duncan Fletcher and Ravi Shastri, who took over as the Indian team's director for the second part of the tour to England comprising limited over matches, are to be tabled before the Cricket Board's working committee for its members' perusal.
Just a day earlier after offering Ravi Shastri a contract extension, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is willing to pay him Rs 1.5 crore, along with additional perks per annum. Shastri who is the new India team director, has started his stint on a successful note after the visitors pocketed the bilateral ODI series against England 3-0, with a game to play.
Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has said that he would have preferred to wait till the end of India`s England tour to make changes to the support staff as such decisions could be "tough on everyone concerned".
Holding their last practice session before being forced to go on a break by the BCCI, India`s bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding consultant Trevor Penney made the players `sweat` before the one-off practice game ahead of the five-match ODI series starting August 25.
Junior selection panel chairman Abey Kuruvilla termed the U-19 World Cup triumph as a terrific team performance.
"It was a terrific team performance. They played as a unit right through the tournament and deserved to win,