On a day when the BCCI cracked the whip in the aftermath of the 1-3 humiliating Test series loss to England, the board also made it clear that it was fully behind Dhoni.

The India captain enjoys the blessings of International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Sriniavasan, who has been removed as the BCCI president by the Supreme Court.

"There is no need to remove Dhoni as the captain," said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.  

The BCCI, however, has acted tough by clipping the wings of chief coach Duncan Fletcher. Fielding coach Trevor Penney and bowling coach Joe Dawes, who were hand-picked by Fletcher, were dropped and former India captain Ravi Shastri was appointed director of the team for the ODI series starting August 25.

The BCCI earlier this year extended the contracts of both Penney and Dawes, along with Fletcher, till the World Cup due in February-March 2015. But in the aftermath of the team's disastrous show in the five-match Test series against England, the board decided to drop Penney and Dawes.  

The BCCI has also appointed former India all-rounder Sanjay Bangar and former fast bowler Bharat Arun as the assistant coaches while R Sridhar, who was part of the now non-functional National Cricket Academy (NCA), will join as the fielding coach for the ODI series.

It was after five years that BCCI has appointed Indians as assistant coaches. Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh, who were appointed in 2007, were sacked as the bowling and the fielding coaches in 2009.

Shastri’s appointment ups pressure on Dhoni, Fletcher
London: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher remain in place, but only time will tell if the appointment of Ravi Shastri as director of cricket is a temporary measure or a sign of deeper changes ahead in the Indian game.
Former captain Shastri was installed "overall in-charge of cricket affairs" for India's upcoming five-match one-day series against England, following their embarrassing 3-1 test series to defeat to the same opposition.

India claimed their first overseas win since 2011 when they won the second test at Lord's, but surrendered the final three matches meekly, the final indignity being their downfall at The Oval when they lost by an innings and 244 runs within three days.

Dhoni was one of the only players to show some fight as India's batting line-up failed to pass 200 in their last five innings of the series, but has come under severe criticism from media back home for overseeing some desperate performances.
"He has well and truly outlived his usefulness as a captain in the long form of the game," Nalin Mehta said in The Times of India on Tuesday.
"It is not so much the defeat, but the manner of the capitulation that rankles. India's cricketers have not just been routed in a series they began well, under Dhoni they looked bereft of ideas and direction."
The sentiment was shared by Sanjeev K Samyal in the Hindustan Times, who recalled that former greats Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly had lost the captaincy during their careers.
"And they never led teams that have played as poorly as those MS Dhoni has captained," he wrote.
"The humiliation at Old Trafford and The Oval is unacceptable. He has long since outlived his utility as test captain."
Fletcher, a former England coach, has arguably been placed under supervision following Shastri's appointment.
He was not spared criticism either, apportioned blame for the way the likes of Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, tipped as potential stars of the series, struggled on foreign pitches.
"Fletcher is aware of the conditions and should have developed ways to see that the boys improve and come out of lean patch," former India captain GR Viswanath said in The New India Express.
"I think Fletcher has not been able to do the job," he said.
Bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding mentor Trevor Penney have been given a "break" for the ODI series, with Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun made assistant coaches and R Sridhar named as fielding coach.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India said the changes were for the next five matches, but given India begin the defence of their World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand in February, more big decisions may be needed if India are to add a third 50-over trophy to their name.

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