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Former Indian cricketer against the appointment of a 'Team Director' for one-day series
After India's dismal performance in the Test series against England, where they lost 3 - 1, the BCCI has decided to take some immediate steps. While many had expected BCCI to show the exit doors to Duncan Fletcher, instead Ravi Shastri was appointed as the Team Director for the scheduled upcoming one-day series against England. Is this a warning to Duncan Fletcher?

Madhav Apte, former Indian cricketer does not seem to be happy with the BCCI's decision of appointing a team director for the series. He said, ''I am not able to understand about the need of a director, when you already have a head coach. What would he do?'' But, one thing is for sure, Duncan Fletcher is under tremendous pressure with Ravi's appointment, as the axe is just getting close to Fletcher.

During his span as India's coach, the team might have done decently well during the home series, but it is India's performance abroad, which does not bode well. The Indian team has been embarrassed by teams such as Australia and England. But is it Fletcher's fault that the players are not performing?

Apte said that the coaches role largely includes strategy to be used in the field and the team selection, after which it is the players who need to perform on the field. The Indian batsmen have lacked technique, when it came to playing the moving ball or balls head high. Apte added, ''In terms of technique, when comes into international cricket, it is understood that the player has the much needed ability to counter such balls, hence are representing the country.'' Can Ravi Shastri all of a sudden teach them to play the moving balls? One doubts!

This is not for the first time that Ravi Shastri has been called in to look after the Indian team, the last time being after the sacking of Greg Chappell as coach of the Indian cricket team. Shastri was given the managerial job for the Bangladesh tour then.

The team has also given a break to the bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penny for the series and have instead roped in Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun as assistant coaches and R Sridhar as fielding coach. Are these the things to come? There has been a sudden injection of Indians in the coaching department. Will this help India to perform any better?

Apte states,''Too many cooks spoil the broth.''

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