BCCI does U-turn on Dravid, Zaheer appointments

Joanna Estrada
July 15, 2017

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

Interestingly, that means that the Cricket Advisory Committee's decision to appoint Rahul Dravid as batting consultant and Zaheer Khan as bowling consultant for overseas tour will be revisited.

Newly appointed head coach Ravi Shastri will be meeting the four-member committee of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the selection of the support staff for Team India. "Received communication that four-member committee formed with Rahul Johri as convener".

Hurt by these criticism and reports, the CAC wrote a letter to the CoA chairman Vinod Rai and said the appointments were made after informing the new coach Shastri and India captain Virat Kohli.

In flawless synchronisation with the already-existing drama over the appointment of the coach of the Indian cricket team and the consultants to the head coach - namely Zaheer Khan, as the bowling coach, and Rahul Dravid, as the batting consultant for overseas tours - the chairman of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai, said on Saturday that no contracts have been awarded to either Khan or Dravid.

This was decided after a CoA meeting today. "The CAC has been constituted to recommend the names of the coaches and the COA will decide about the appointment and other details (consultants, support staff and nature of contracts)", said a CoA member. A day after his appointment, Shastri welcomed the move of appointing experienced players like Dravid and Zaheer in such roles but explained in no uncertain terms that he should get a call on who will be part of his full-time support staff.

However, the CoA chief made it clear that the CAC has just made recommendations over the same.

Since the Indian cricket team is leaving for a tour of Sri Lanka on July 19, it is not clear if Zaheer and Dravid will travel with the team.

Earlier on Friday, Ganguly had clarified that new bowling consultant Zaheer will be offered a contract of 150 days per season. Zaheer reportedly did not wish to commit more than 100 days, but with CAC insisting, it is reported that the done deal is for 150 days.

The Virat Kohli-led side will land in Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series, followed by five One-day Internationals and a solitary T20 worldwide game. "And we have reacted to each one of those things".

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