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Support staff changes could have been made after ODIs: Dravid


New Delhi: Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has said that he would have preferred to wait till the end of India’s England tour to make changes to the support staff as such decisions could be “tough on everyone concerned”.

Talking about the appointment of former India captain Ravi Shastri as Team Director after India lost the fifth and final Test against England in under three days to go down 1-3 in the series, Dravid said: “You don’t have problems if people want to make changes, it’s part of professional sport.”

“(But) there is still not a lot of clarity on whether this is a long term appointment or the changes we have seen are for this series, so there’s a bit of confusion around that”.

With the Indian team management forcing bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding consultant Trevor Penney to go on a break while former India all-rounder Sanjay Bangar, ex-pacer Bharat Arun and R Sridhar (fielding) were added as assistant coaches.

Dravid told ‘ESPNcricinfo’ that taking such a decision in the middle of a tour was “tough on everyone concerned”.

“Sometimes from a players’ perspective that can be quite hard. I hope that’s something Ravi will handle quite well. All these players also build relationships with support staff and as players you do recognise that at some level you are actually responsible for your own success and failure,” he said.