The advisory panel announced by the BCCI grabbed the headlines last week. Which is understandable because the panelists go by the names of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, three of the greatest in Indian cricket history. But while it may be seen as a coup of sorts by the BCCI to get these three former stalwarts to pitch in with their expertise ó and also prevailing on Ravi Shastri to extend his tenure as Team Director the man most crucial to the immediate future of cricket in my opinion is Virat Kohli.To those who subscribe to the school of thought that the captain should be the most powerful entity where a team is concerned, this would be a no-brainer. Modern cricket, however, involves many stakeholders in what is essentially a captainís turf. In saying this, I donít mean that the advisory panel would intrude on the captainís jurisdiction. Given their vast experience at the international level Tendulkar and Ganguly have captained India too the former greats would know how important it is for Kohli to be not weighed down by extraneous factors. But it would have been prudent of the Board to define their roles sharper to avoid any confusion.Where Shastri is concerned, he has a more direct role to play than the three mentioned above and with certain executive powers. Given how much he valued the freedom to be his own man as captain in his playing days, I would be surprised if Shastri exceeds his brief now. Moreover, he and Kohli seem to have hit it off famously too, as was evidenced in England and Australia in the previous season, so this could be a productive partnership however long it lasts. (As things stand, Shastri is Team Director only till the Bangladesh series is played.)