They have a long series (in the West Indies) and as the team for Ireland is likely to be the second team, it was decided that VVS should go with it. He will be the coach for the Asian Games as well, a BCCI spokesman said.

The West Indies series consists of two Tests, three ODIs and a five-match T20 series. The last two matches of the T20 series will be played in Florida, USA.

This is not the first time Laxman will be acting as the head coach of the Indian team. After the Indian team’s semi-final defeat in the T20 World Cup last year, Laxman took over the series in New Zealand.

The National Selection Committee is yet to decide on the squad for the series against Ireland.

Agarkar to travel to West Indies

Newly appointed chairman of the selection committee Ajit Agarkar will leave for West Indies in a few days. He will have to discuss with the Indian team management, namely coach Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma, about the preparation plan for the 50-over World Cup.

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