Shastri-Kohli team can create great magic

Ruben Hill
July 17, 2017

The Cricket Advisory Committee's decision to appoint Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant (overseas) stands and a call on that will be taken after the new four-member panel of the BCCI meets and decides on matters of appointment and the financial details.

After the much-anticipated announcement of Ravi Shastri's appointment as head coach of Team India, a fresh speculation mushroomed up as to who would be his support staff members.

Former India pacer Bharat Arun seems to be Shastri's unanimous choice. Coming to the inclusion of Rahul Dravid as batting coach and Zaheer Khan as bowling coach, there is absolutely no doubt over their excellent credentials and the kind of massive valuable inputs both can give to this team. Notably, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) also side with the head coach, saying it had put on hold the contracts of Khan and Dravid. Notably, the intra-state Twenty20 tournament will be held between July 22 and August 20.

The report added that Sehwag had proposed to bring a team of support staff along with him.

Meanwhile, Arun will have to quit his role with TNPL if he is handed the India bowling coach role after Tuesday's meeting.

From the very beginning of the selection process, it is well known that skipper Virat Kohli is backing Shastri in every moment, the same is happening now and Shastri is picking the supporting staff as per his convenience with the support of Kohli.

Incidentally, Arun is also the bowling coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) side, Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli, reportedly, didn't have any issues with Sehwag applying for the job.

However, Shastri is ready to work with Zaheer when the requirement arises.

When interviewed by TOI on the ongoing speculation regarding him being signed by BCCI as the bowling coach, the 54-year-old said, "Not yet". "Not yet. As of now, I've to carry on normally, isn't it?" "If I do get the India job, I'll leave both the TNPL and the RCB", he said.

Singh's opinions do make sense, as do Shastri's, but the question to be asked here was why and how were the aforementioned consultants appointed without taking the head coach into confidence?

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