As the Indian squad for the Bangladesh tour all set to be announced on May 20, it is also believed that the BCCI may announce significant changes in the support staff. The most significant decision of the body could be replacing Ravi Shastri with Sourav Ganguly as Team India Director.
According to a report published in the Hindustan Times on Monday, loyalists of the former board president N Srinivasan are on their way out of the BCCI, and Shastri is considered pro-Srinivasan.
The newspaper, through its sources within the board, has learned that Shastri is considered close to Srinivasan and hence new BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya is not keen on him as Team India Director and wants Ganguly in a similar capacity.
"The (BCCI) president 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 set-up," the BCCI source told HT.
BCCI believes Shastri hasn't delivered on that front since his appointment with the national team. And Ganguly's successful record away from home works in his favour.
"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 source added.
The assignment on hand for India is the tour of Bangladesh, where the itinerary includes a one-off Test and a three-match ODI series. Will the board replace Shastri as soon as this remains to be seen, but it might happen.
"It is unlikely Shastri will go to Bangladesh, so he could go back to his media commitments," the BCCI source added.
As Duncan Fletcher's tenure has ended, the board has roped in the services of legendary trio Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. And it's likely that Tendulkar and Dravid too will be offered roles in some capacity with the national team.