London: “It’s still sinking in... I suppose it will take some hours before I can come out with everything I’d like to say. Right now, I’m a bit tongue-tied...”
That was former India player Sanjay Bangar’s first reaction, after the Board announced that he’d be head coach Duncan Fletcher’s assistant during the ODIs and the T20I against England.
“Of course, I’m very excited at being given the opportunity... It’s after years (a decade, in fact) that I’ll be entering the India dressing room, albeit in a different capacity,” Bangar added, speaking to The Telegraph from Mumbai.
Commenting on India’s pathetic performance in the Test series, Bangar said: “It’s not for me to get into specifics. but like every Indian, the 1-3 loss hurt... Hurt a lot.”
The only desi head coach in the IPL, Bangar is credited with much of the Kings XI Punjab’s success in the last edition.
Kings XI made the final, where they lost to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
“It’s a reward for what I’ve done with the Kings XI as also the work I’ve put in at the domestic level and with India A,” Bangar pointed out.
“My priority is to get the visa done... The Board informed me this morning only... There’s no time to celebrate,” Bangar replied.
The BCCI statement
In culmination of the discussions among all the office-bearers of the BCCI over the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Ravi Shastri, to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming One-Day International matches against England. Duncan Fletcher will continue as head coach while Ravi Shastri will be the overall in-charge of cricket affairs of the Indian Team.
In their continuing efforts to re-energise the support to the team, the BCCI has given a break to the bowling coach Joe Dawes and the fielding coach, Trevor Penney, for the one-day series, and appointed Sanjay Bangar, former Indian all-rounder, and former India fast bowler Bharat Arun as the assistant coaches of the team. R. Sridhar will join the support team as the fielding coach for the one-day series.