Fletcher retained, Shastri hired, Dawes sidelined

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India have retained head coach Duncan Fletcher, but named former captain Ravi Shastri as director of cricket ahead of this month's five ODIs and one-off Twenty20 International against England.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India have retained head coach Duncan Fletcher, but named former captain Ravi Shastri as director of cricket ahead of this month's five ODIs and one-off Twenty20 International against England.

Fielding coach Trevor Penney and bowling coach Joe Dawes, meanwhile, have been "given a break" for the six limited-overs fixtures. Erstwhile all-rounder Sanjay Bangar and ex-fast bowler Bharat Arun have been hired as assistant coaches, while former first-class cricketer Ramakrishnan Sridhar will fill the void left by Penney.

"In culmination of the discussions among all the office bearers of BCCI over the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain Ravi Shastri to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming matches against England," read a statement from BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.

"Duncan Fletcher will continue as head coach while Ravi Shastri will be the overall in-charge of cricket affairs of the Indian team. In their continuing efforts to re-energise the support to the team, the BCCI has given a break to the bowling coach Joe Dawes and the fielding coach Trevor Penny."

The five ODIs will be played in Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham and Leeds between 25 August and 5 September. The sole T20I will follow at Edgbaston. The English recently beat India three-one in a five-match Test series.

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