Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan not yet appointed as Team India consultants: CoA

Angelica Greene
July 15, 2017

Ever since the cricket advisory committee (CAC) comprising three legendary cricketers of India Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has appointed Rahul Dravid as batting consultant and Zaheer Khan as bowling consultant, in addition to Ravi Shastri as the head coach, there is a buzz in media that Committee of Administrators (CoA) have stated that the CAC has exceeded its scope in the appointment.

The committee has also been tasked with deciding on the contracts that will be handed to the coaches, including the head coach.

Along with naming Shastri as the head coach, the CAC also put forth names of Dravid and Zaheer in consultant roles, but the degree of their involvement was yet to be known. Taking various factors into account, we decided that Mr. Ravi Shastri was the best man for the job but we also felt that Indian cricket would be better served if Mr. Shastri had the services of Mr. Zaheer Khan as bowling consultant and Mr. Rahul Dravid as batting consultant for overseas Test matches of which several are lined up in the next two years. That has been a sticking point with new coach Ravi Shastri, who is reportedly interested in having his own set of assistant coaches.

CoA chief Vinod Rai on Saturday informed that Shastri is presently out of the country and once he is back, the four-member committee will have a meeting with him.

CoA member Diana Edulji and BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary are the other members of the Committee which will meet on July 19. An answer to all these questions is expected to come out at the COA meeting in New Delhi on Saturday.

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Khanna confirmed the same and said: "Received communication that a 4-member committee has been formed with Rahul Johri as convener. The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach". "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)", he was quoted saying in the report.

"There is no such thing as contract as yet. A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on the recommendation, that recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach".

However, the CoA clarified that they (Zaheer and Dravid) were mere recommendations and appointments.

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 global game. Similarly, an advertisement for managers of A team and U-19 team will also be released.

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