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BCCI can have multiple coaches for multiple formats

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Sunday said that the board is not averse to having different coaches for different formats in future just like Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni captaining teams across Tests and limited overs respectively.

Teams like Australia, England, Sri Lanka and South Africa have had different leaders in Test, ODI and T20 cricket, but India only recently saw different skippers after Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from the longer-format and Virat Kohli took over the reins. Thakur insists that they are not averse to this theory in regards to captain and coach.

“Looking at the current scenario, when Dhoni announced his retirement and looking at the future captain’s of Indian cricket team, Virat has filled the Test leader’s spot. On Sunday we are also thinking about having coaches for two different formats, not only captains,” Thakur said in the media interaction after the announcement of the T20 and ODI teams for the upcoming South Africa series. Thakur said that it will depend on what the team requires at a particular juncture.

“Depends on what is your requirement and if situation arises and that helps Indian cricket, to have different captains for different formats, why not, considering the number of matches that we play on Sunday,” he said.

“I hope they don’t have different selectors also,” chief selector Sandeep Patil sitting alongside the secretary said in jest. Thakur also confirmed that the current set up will continue till World T20 before the board starts looking at alternatives.

“The same set of people including the coaches and Team Director will continue till the T20 World Cup,” said Thakur. Also responding to a question Ishant Sharma’s unwanted aggression in the Sri Lanka Tests, which cost the lanky pacer a one-Test ban, Thakur said, “We have a young team, aggression is part of it, but if any message has to be conveyed we have right people within the team to convey that message to the players. We don’t convey that through media.” 
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