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Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman join BCCI to take Indian cricket forward

Cricketnext Staff | August 17, 2015, 12:40 AM IST

It was on the cards, and on Monday it became formal.

Three of the stalwarts of Indian cricket - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Gagnuly and VVS Laxman - have agreed to be part of a BCCI advisory committee, a decision tweeted by the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and later confirmed by the board's official press release

The Indian board had already hinted that it wants the just-retired legends to help in some capacity in how to take the Indian cricket forward with youngsters like Virat Kohli assuming the role of a Test captain and perhaps soon in limited-overs cricket as well.

The announcement also sort of clarifies that Ganguly is not in the running for the post of Team Director replacing Ravi Shastri, as had been reported earlier. However, it hasn't been ruled out either.

The famous trio's first job should be to find a suitable replacement for coach Duncan Fletcher, whose tenure ended after the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.

According to PTI sources, Tendulkar, in particular, will be available for the batsmen to consult before every overseas tour; Laxman will reportedly work on building the bench strength; and Ganguly will prepare a plan to improved India's overseas plan.

"Areas of immediate focus will be to provide guidance to our national team as we set out to enhance our performance on overseas engagements, provide direction to improve our talent pathway and take steps to strengthen domestic cricket to better prepare our players to handle the rigours of International Cricket," the board's media release said.

However, what remains surprising is that there is no mention of Rahul Dravid in Thakur's tweets, while earlier reports had suggested that the board was keen to rope in the batting legend in some advisory role.

It will be interesting to know the reason behind Dravid not joining the board, whether he was offered the role and backed out, etc.

"I am 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. 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," BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said.

Coming back to the appointments, PTI's sources in the BCCI have revealed that Dalmiya and Thakur will work closely with the trio in critical decision-making.

"On behalf of all my colleagues in the BCCI, I thank Sachin, Sourav and Laxman for having accepted our invitation to be part of this prestigious committee and I am confident that their invaluable advice will help Indian Cricket regain its leadership position in all formats of the game. Their participation augurs well for the future of the game in our country and the noble intention to 'give back to the game', is commendable," said Thakur.

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