Ravi Shastri’s appointment as Team India head coach earlier this week finally ended the drama that had begun with reports of a rift between Virat Kohli and the then coach Anil Kumble and led to the latter’s resignation from his post.
And just when it looked like that Indian cricket will have a peaceful time from now on, a new problem has cropped up and the reason being the newly-appointed coach’s demand of having his support staff.
BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had selected Shastri ahead of the likes of Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput to replace Kumble. Additionally, the CAC comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, appointed former pacer Zaheer Khan as the team’s bowling consultant while former captain Rahul Dravid was roped in as batting consultant for the overseas tours.
However, Shastri’s demand of having his own support staff has now reportedly irked the CAC, forcing the three-member panel to write to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) expressing their displeasure over the same.
News outlet India Today has accessed the letter written by the CAC to the Vinod Rai-led panel, stating that they are completely disappointed by Shastri’s demand.
“We spoke to Mr Shastri about getting Mr Khan and Mr Dravid on board in these capacities, and he readily agreed to the idea of having them in the set-up so that it could benefit the team and Indian cricket as a whole in time to come,” the CAC wrote.
Media reports are suggesting that Shastri wants Bharath Arun to become the bowling coach of the team despite the presence of Zaheer Khan in their ranks. Bharath Arun was the bowling coach of Team India when Shastri was the team director between 2014 and 2016. Shastri is reportedly adamant to have Arun in the ranks because of his experience.
“Shastri has asked for just one thing. He doesn’t mind Zaheer as a consultant. But Arun has more technical experience in ironing out flaws. No doubt Zaheer has a lot of knowledge. But he has no coaching experience. Everyone saw what happened with Anil Kumble. He can be groomed into a bowling coach,” a source was quoted as saying by The Times of India.