The BCCI's mandate is clear. They want to have a strategist who will help Team India boost its overseas record and for that they have turned to former captain Sourav Ganguly. According to sources, in the next couple of days the BCCI will unveil its new Cricket Advisory Committee and Ganguly will have a prominent role to play. He will either take charge as the Team Director or the High Performance Manager. The former India captain will most likely travel to Bangladesh with the team. Though some BCCI members are in favour of scrapping the Team Director's position, it will be retained till at least the Zimbabwe tour. However, Ravi Shastri is unlikely to hold onto his position. It is learnt that he wouldn't be keen on taking the job unless he is retained for a longer duration.
Ganguly has also told the board that he would only be interested in a BCCI position if given a longer duration. He wants to prepare a team for the 2019 World Cup. The Board is also keen to acknowledge Ravi Shastri's good work with Team India. So he is likely to be awarded with a position in the Cricket Advisory Committee. The Board Secretary is also waiting for one final chat with Sachin Tendulkar before they give final shape to the all-powerful committee.
It is understood that Sourav Ganguly was given the choice of becoming a Team Director or a High Performance Manager. And though he would prefer the former, that would also mean giving up his CAB post. Some members within the Board have sent a message to the former India skipper that they would want him in both roles, hence he should choose the one that keeps him in CAB for at least six months a year.
With Sourav almost set to step into a dressing room of a few superstars and two captains, Indian cricket is headed for interesting times.