Shastri hints at permanent India role


Ravi Shastri has hinted that he could take on a permanent role with the India team after being appointed as Team Director for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

A former India international and now a renowned commentator, Shastri was first first apointed to the role on India's tour of Australia late last year.

He was kept on for the World Cup, where India made the semi-finals, and is going to step into role once more as the Asian side have still not replaced coach Duncan Fletcher after his contract was not renewed in April.

Shastri though says India do need a head coach as he can do the job and will be assisted by the current coaches within the set-up already, Bharat Arun (bowling coach), R Sridhar (fielding coach) and Sanjay Bangar (batting coach).

The 80 Test-capped Shastri said: "We have got three coaches. We don't need another coach. If need be, I'll double up as head coach for the tour."

"Coach, no coach, don't worry. We are good. As far as coach is concerned, we've enough on the board. I will have a chat with the Board after coming back. I might be here for longer than you think."

India will play a one-off Test, starting on Wednesday, as well as three ODI's in Bangladesh.