Ravi Shastri
The BCCI has appointed Ravi Shastri as Team India's director for limited-overs series against England.Reuters

India and their players will have to go by what the new team management, appointed by the BCCI on Tuesday after the Test series debacle against England, says, thundered Ravi Shastri, the new team director.

While coach Duncan Fletcher is still with the side, the BCCI decided to give bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penny a break for the limited-overs series while inserting former all-rounder Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R. Sridhar into the coaching staff.

Newly-appointed director, Shastri, who will be taking care of all cricket-related activities of the MS Dhoni-led side for the remainder of the England tour, said that the star-studded team will have to listen to the new team management.

"They will have to," Shastri told to Mid-Day. "They [Bangar, Arun and Sridhar] have not come on their own. It is the BCCI that have given them the responsibility."

Shastri is already in England, as he was on working as a commentator, and the remaining support staff will join him on Saturday, two days before the first one-dayer in Bristol.

The former Indian captain revealed the BCCI have asked him to find out what went wrong in the last three Tests, where India suffered humiliating defeats after winning the second match at Lord's.

"My only concern is that I saw India's best overseas victory in the second Test at Lord's and in the next 20 days, we lost three Test matches," Shastri pointed out. "I have been asked to find out what went wrong and I will send my report to the BCCI."

Meanwhile, India coach Fletcher has managed to keep his job for now, but it is understood that he is on a notice period and the board will monitor his performance with every series.

The Indian board extended Fletcher's contract this April, despite India's defeat against England and Australia in 2011, but now he seems to have lost some of that support.

"Some shake-up was needed," a senior BCCI official told to ESPNCricinfo. "You can't just get blown away for three Tests in a row in less than 40 or 50 overs. Agreed the coaches are only as good as the players, but if you are not evoking the same kind of confidence it does not help.

"The effort is there but if the results are not coming then people will raise questions."

The BCCI joint secretary, Anurag Thakur said that the manner in which India surrendered the series frorced the board to act swiftly and add new people into the coaching staff for the ODI series.

"The Indian team is not performing. What went wrong?" Thakur said. "You need to look at whether it was the coach and support staff, whether it was the selection of the team or there is problem in coordination.

"So at this stage, when the team for the ODIs has been picked, the best you can do is to have more people engaged who can work closely with the Indian cricket team."

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