Indian board backs Fletcher

Shastri was appointed to the post for India's limited-overs series in England, following their 3-1 Test defeat, and the world champions responded by emerging 3-1 winners in the one-day internationals and only narrowly losing the only Twenty20 international.

However, there were concerns that Shastri's stint meant Fletcher's time with the side was nearing an end, despite India looking in good form to defend their 50-over title in Australia and New Zealand next year.

Captain MS Dhoni had, during the England tour, claimed Fletcher was "still the boss" and, while the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday announced Shastri would stay on as team director, the ex-England coach is expected to lead the team's affairs until at least the end of his contract.

Following a working committee meeting, a statement from the governing body read: "The committee expressed its gratitude to Mr Ravi Shastri for having accepted the request to oversee the activities of the Indian team as a director for ODIs and the T20 International during the England tour.

"Mr Ravi Shastri will oversee the activities of the Indian team as a director during the West Indies home series and the Test series in Australia. He will be with the Indian team on a full-time basis during the triangular series in Australia and also for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

"Mr Duncan Fletcher will continue as the coach of the Indian team."

Fletcher was appointed as the India coach in 2011, just a few weeks after the team won the World Cup on home soil under former South Africa batsman Gary Kirsten.

  India coach Duncan Fletcher, pictured, will continue to have Ravi Shastri by his side
India coach Duncan Fletcher, pictured, will continue to have Ravi Shastri by his side