Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan's appointment put on hold


In yet another twist in the never-ending saga of the hunt for India's new coach, the appointments of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as overseas Tests batting and bowling consultants respectively were effectively put on hold by the Committee of Administrators on Saturday (July 15).

The CoA members Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri met in the Capital on Saturday and approved Shastri's appointment.

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. "First meeting on 18th in Mumbai", he said.

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After the meeting, Rai said the appointments of Dravid and Zaheer were only "recommendations" although the BCCI release on July 11 suggests otherwise. A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on the recommendation.

"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". And we have decided that for further coaches and others, we must have a discussion with Mr. Ravi Shastri. 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 may be recalled that the CAC, that chose Dravid and Zaheer, had expressed "pain" at the impression being created that the duo was thrust upon Shastri.

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Amidst the ego tussle between the Cricket Advisory Committee - comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman - and the newly-appointed Team India head coach Ravi Shastri over the choice of the support staff, it has emerged that Zaheer Khan is likely to get a 150-day contract as the team's bowling consultant. A COA member stressed that the CAC is recommendatory and the final decision related to the appointment of coaches and consultants lies with the Supreme Court-appointed committee.

Meanwhile, it was also chose to release advertisement for team managers for the senior team, India "A" team and the under-19 team.

Earlier, the BCCI has already clarified in a statement that Zaheer's appointment is on a tour-to-tour basis, it is clear that he will be spending around five months with the Indian team.

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