Sourav Ganguly: Ravi Shastri will also be involved with NCA during his coaching tenure

The BCCI president said Shastri had done well with the team as its head coach and hoped the side started winning top ICC tournaments once again.

Ravi Shastri (in picture) has done well with the Indian team, says Ganguly. Photo: PTI   -  PTI

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly batted for a greater coordination between the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and the national team and sought the involvement of Ravi Shastri till the time he was head coach.

“We will create a system where Ravi's involvement is more in the NCA till the time he is coach. Rahul [Dravid] is there, Paras [Mhambrey] is there and Bharat Arun is also involved. We will try and make NCA a good centre of excellence,” Ganguly said while insisting on enhancing the scope of NCA.

“They have done a lot of good work with the NCA and it shows in the performance of the junior and senior teams. Hopefully, the NCA will get a lot bigger,” Ganguly said. His comments came the day after he visited the NCA and held prolonged discussion with its head of cricket, Rahul Dravid.

Ganguly said Shastri had done well with the team as its head coach and hoped the side started winning top ICC tournaments once again. “[Shastri] has done well with the side. And he will be with us for next two years. As I said, India needs to win a world tournament. [The players] have the ability,” Ganguly said.

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“[The Indian team] reached the Champions Trophy final in 2017 when they lost to Pakistan. And then they lost in the World Cup semifinal. It is a great side and just needs to get past the last hurdle. We will deal with it when it comes,” he added.

Coming to the issue of shifting India’s opening T20 match against Bangladesh from  Delhi, Ganguly said there wasn't much time to reschedule the match but in future the BCCI would be “a bit more practical” in scheduling matches there post Diwali.

“Post Diwali is a difficult time in the North. There is smoke and dust and everything. In future when we schedule matches in the North at this time of the year, we have to be a bit more practical,” Ganguly said.

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