With the appointment of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid as the bowling and batting consultants, respectively creating a big controversy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has clarified that the two former players were roped in only after consultation with newly-appointed head coach Ravi Shastri.
The BCCI released a statement to make things clear after its Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman wrote to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to express their displeasure over Shastri’s demand of having his own support staff.
The board appointed Shastri as the head coach on Tuesday (July 11) and also named Dravid and Zaheer in the support staff. While Zaheer has been appointed the bowling coach on a full-time basis, Dravid will be the batting consultant for overseas Test tours. However, reports are suggesting that Shastri wants Bharat Arun as the bowling coach, much to the annoyance of the CAC.
The board, in its statement, expressed its gratitude to the CAC for their contribution in the coach selection process.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expresses its sincere gratitude to the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) who most willingly agreed to undertake the process of selection of the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team,” the BCCI release said.
“The three members of the committee – Mr Sourav Ganguly, Mr Sachin Tendulkar and Mr VVS Laxman – have executed the assigned task with total transparency, professionalism and commitment to Indian cricket,” the release added.
The board further stated that Shastri was selected ahead of the likes of Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput for his better presentation and vision than his competitors.
“The recommendation for Mr Ravi Shastri was made on the merit of his presentation and the vision that he projected for taking the team to greater heights. After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having Batting and Bowling consultants on the overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team,” the statement said.
BCCI also thanked the CAC for showing transparency in the appointment of the coaches.
“The BCCI wishes to thank the CAC for the selfless pro bono service rendered to assist the Board in the selection process of India Cricket Team’s Head Coach.”