Indian board backs down on Dravid, Zaheer appointments

Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan

There was no end to the controversy surrounding India cricket head coach appointment as even after Ravi Shastri was picked by CAC, there was drama surrounding the appointment of support staff.

As per the minutes of the meeting, the "appointments of other consultants will be decided by the committee in consultation with the head coach".

Shastri's appointment was approved in a meeting by CoA members Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. This was decided after a CoA meeting on Saturday. He will meet the panel on Tuesday (July 19) to discuss the appointment of support staff as well as his salary.

In a letter to CoA, CAC said, "There have been suggestions that the CAC has exceeded its ambit in going with Mr Khan and Mr Dravid, and that these two legends of Indian cricket have been foisted on the head coach". We have set up a committee and they will speak to them (CAC), communicate with them after talking to Shastri. "The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach", CoA head Vinod Rai said.

Earlier there were reports which said that Shastri was unhappy with the appointment of Zaheer as bowling coach as he wanted to bring his trusted man Arun for the job. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman had recommended Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid as the batting consultant for overseas Test matches.

On the status of Dravid and Zaheer, he said, "It's not an appointment". "There is no such thing as a contract yet". It's only a recommendation.

While Dravid's role with the Indian team is still unclear, it remains to see how BCCI deal with the terms of Dravid's existing contract as the head coach of India's youth teams.

India will play the first Test against Sri Lanka on July 26 Asked about the CAC letter expressing "pain" at the perception that appointments of Dravid and Zaheer were forced upon Shastri, Rai said, "CAC has done a lot of correspondences with the CEO and with me also". But we have to consult each one of them, we have to ascertain their willingness and have to ensure that there is no conflict of interest issue. It seems that with his multiple commitments and responsibilities with Indian youth cricket, he can not invest much in the senior team's development.

The new committee has also been assigned the task to scrutinise the applications for the managers of the Indian senior team, A team and U-19 team.

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