Ravi Shastri does not want Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman to advise Team India, notwithstanding the fact that they have been appointed precisely for the purpose by the BCCI, suggest reports.
"Shastri felt that if he were given a two-year contract, he would like to run the team his way and would obviously won't want someone else interfering in policy decisions. Shastri was very particular on having complete freedom and didn't want any board matters to affect his role," a source told The New Indian Express.
The three former cricketers form the newly-constituted BCCI Advisory Committee.
Reports also suggest that Team Director Shastri is more wary of Ganguly. But the trio of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman can pour water over Shastri's idea of no-interference. However, Ganguly has always been outspoken and firm in his statements and so has been Ravi Shastri. It will be interesting to see how things work out between the two veteran former Indian players.
"The trio has been appointed to look into the affairs of Indian cricket. Players can approach them directly and seek their help," the source added.
Meanwhile, Ganguly has said that the future of Shastri will be decided in the next meeting where the legendary trio meet the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and president Jagmohan Dalmiya.
"We don't have any news on this now. During next meeting of the Board, it will definitely be known who will be India's coach. The Board will decide," Ganguly told reporters in Kolkata on Sunday.
However, it is likely that Shastri, who is currently managing Team India in their Bangldesh tour, might get an extension on his existing contract till the ICC World Twenty20, which is scheduled to start from March 2016 in India.