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    India to get full-time coach after World T20: Anurag Thakur


    Anurag Thakur, BCCI secretary, has announced that the Indian cricket team will have a full-time coach after the ICC World Twenty20, as recommended by the high-profile advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.

    Thakur also backed the under-fire skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, as the team slumped to three back-to-back defeats in the ongoing five-match One-Day International series in Australia.

    "There has been a demand for a full-time coach for a long time. We had decided that Ravi Shastri will be the Team Director till the World T20. We do not want to do anything between the season but we also need to decide on the future. We will be playing 13 Tests next season. Like a team is selected series to series, we need to have full-time coach," Thakur said on the sidelines of an ICC promotional event in New Delhi on Monday (January 18).

    Thakur refused to comment on whether the BCCI would continue with Shastri but hinted that the former India all-rounder could also be considered for the full-time opportunity. "The decision will be taken in consultation with the Advisory Committee (Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly). We might decide on a coach even before the World T20 but the proper announcement will only happen post tournament," the BCCI secretary said.

    Thakur came out in strong support of skipper MS Dhoni despite India's meek 3-0 surrender in the ongoing ODI series.

    "Mahendra Singh Dhoni is India's most successful captain. Under him we have won two World titles in 2007 and 2011. He has been a consistent captain for last eight years. Just because of one disappointing series, it is unfair to blame him," the secretary said, firmly backing the limited-overs captain.

    "Obviously, the team management and the selection committee members are discussing as to what went wrong and what corrective measures need to be taken before the T20 Asia Cup and the World T20," Thakur added.

    Asked about what can be expected of the senior players like Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra who are a part of the T20 squad, Thakur was cautious."Let them go and play. I am sure they would also want their performance to do the talking," he concluded.

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