The world class cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman `have comeback in Indian cricket as a part of BCCI’s advisory panel. They have retired from Test cricket in recent years. As the current information, now these three top class cricketers now be a part of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) newly-constituted advisory committee.
But one name missing Rahul Dravid’s that disappoints the cricket fans.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday announced through the micro-blogging site twitter, that Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly have agreed to be form BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee.
BCCI secretary Mr. Thakur tweeted that former captains Ganguly and Indian cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar will form the all-important committee that will advise the Indian Cricket Board. While Laxman will be the third man, Rahul Dravid is conspicuous by his absence.
BCCI president welcomed the ‘Big Three’ saying, “I am very happy to note that our eminent cricketers have come forward to lend their experience and insights as we work towards a common goal of taking Indian Cricket to greater heights.”
“I welcome and thank Sachin, Laxman and Ganguly for joining BCCI” he added.
The 42-year-old Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar played a whopping 200 Tests (15921 runs) and 463 ODIs (18426 runs) apart from a T20 International before retiring in 2013.
The 43-year-old Saurav Ganguly played in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs for India apart from leading the country to the final of 2003 World Cup. The 40-year-old Laxman played in 134 Tests and 86 ODIs.
It has been learnt from reliable sources that BCCI secretary Mr. Thakur and BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya will consult with the panel on all major cricketing decisions.
While there had been lot of speculation of late regarding Ganguly’s appointment as chief coach or Team Director, his appointment in advisory panel might mean that either Ravi Shastri will continue in his current role or a new chief coach and support staff will be taking charge.
It is not clear yet what roles the veteran cricket superstars will play. It has been widely speculated that Ganguly will become Team India’s High Performance Manager. However, Ganguly or Tendulkar, despite their heavy personal assignments that includes media, is unlikely to be a coach.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur will be talking to Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman on Monday, 1st June to discuss details. The troika is expected to advice on selection of coaches and other matters for the development of Indian cricket. Interestingly, former Test captain Anil Kumble is already heading BCCI’s technical committee.
It is still not clear that if Indian cricket former caption Ganguly will accompany the Indian Team on their upcoming tour of Bangladesh. The team flies out to Dhaka from Kolkata on June 7. The first Test starts June 10. India and Bangladesh also play three ODIs Matches.
“The coming generations are bound to benefit from the guidance that will be provided by these luminaries and will go a long way in strengthening our existing system,” said by BCCI president Dalmiya.
There is a question mark on Ravi Shastri’s role. The former all-rounder was India’s Team Director during the World Cup and is not keen on a short-term role.
In all likelihood, India will travel to Bangladesh without a head coach. The support staff may just comprise Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun (bowling) and R. Sridhar (fielding) – all three have been part of India cricket team in recent times.