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India appoints Ravi Shastri as 'team director' as coaching team "given a break"

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NEW DELHI - Former captain Ravi Shastri has been appointed as India's team director for an upcoming one-day series in England while the coaching team that was in charge for the 3-1 test series defeat has been "given a break."

"The BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Mr. Ravi Shastri, to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming one-day international matches against England," the Indian cricket board said in a statement. "Mr. Duncan Fletcher will continue as head coach while Ravi Shastri will be the overall in-charge of cricket affairs of the Indian team."

The board also announced that bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penny had been "given a break" with former India players Sanjay Banger and Bharat Arun appointed as assistant coaches and R. Sridhar as the fielding coach.

Bangar is a coach with Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab while Arun has coached the Indian under-19 and India A sides in the past.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the team management had come in focus over the past month as India lost three consecutive tests to tamely surrender its 1-0 lead after two matches.

India's players were criticized for not putting up enough fight as it went down inside three days in the last two tests. The last innings of the test series saw the team bowled out for 94 in 29.2 overs at The Oval.

The ODIs run from Aug. 25-Sept. 5 and will be followed by a T20 international on Sept. 7.

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