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Former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly is likely to be appointed the Indian team’s high performance manager or team director or chairman of the cricket advisory committee. While there is no clarity on the title or the role just yet, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be deciding on Ganguly’s appointment in a meeting on Monday in Kolkata.

When asked about Ganguly’s imminent appointment, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur told reporters, “Sourav’s contribution to Indian cricket has been great. He’s been a great cricketer. It will be worth waiting and whatever will be decided will be in the interest of the Indian cricket. There’s a lot of speculation in the media regarding Sourav and the role of the coach. Give us some time to decide on that."

He added, “We’ve already picked the team for Bangladesh and as far as the coach and support staff is concerned we would announce soon," he said. “Today I’m here and will meet the president so we will make the announcement soon. We will take certain decisions as far as the series in Bangladesh is concerned after meeting Dalmiya in the afternoon. The moment we decide we’ll make a formal announcement," Thakur said.

The move to appoint Ganguly is in line with the BCCI’s renewed efforts to improve India’s overseas performances in Test cricket. India have been poor travellers in the last four years, winning only one series against the West Indies in 2011.

If appointed team director, Ganguly will replace Ravi Shastri, who held the post till the end of the World Cup. Ganguly, who is also the joint secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), is considered close to the present dispensation in charge of the BCCI. Shastri, in contrast, was believed to be close to N. Srinivasan, the former president of BCCI. Last week, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya told India Today that Ganguly would be appointed “as one of the advisors of the BCCI soon." Dalmiya is also the president of the CAB.

When his appointment is formalised, Ganguly’s first assignment will be accompanying the Indian team in its tour next month to Bangladesh, where they are set to play the solitary test and three one-dayers.

The BCCI has also roped in Indian cricket legends like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly to advice it on all cricketing matters, including the appointment of India’s next coach, a vacant position since March when Duncan Fletcher’s stint came to an end after the World Cup.

Australians Justin Langer and Jason Gillespie were linked with the Indian coach’s position, but Langer chose to extend his contract with Australian domestic side Western Australia. Gillespie, in the meanwhile, is the firm favourite to bag the vacant England coaching post, this after he held talks with newly-appointed England team director Andrew Strauss.

With inputs from PTI

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