Ravi Shastri who has been recently appointed as the head coach of Team India is expected to meet the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Monday to discuss the selection process of the support staffs.
Shastri who is currently in London will meet the CoA after landing in Mumbai. He might get his wish of appointing Bharat Arun as the full-time bowling coach and is expected to get his call answered.
Acting President CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary, CEO Rahul Johri and CoA Vinod Rai will also be present at the meeting. Team India already has Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar as batting and fielding coach, respectively so the roles of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan who has been hired as batting and bowling consultants for specific tours will also be discussed.
Zaheer has been appointed on a tour to tour basis and will be with the Indian team for around 150 day in the calendar year. Reports suggested that the former left-arm seamer didn’t want to commit for more than 100 days but on the insistence of the Advisory Committee he has signed the deal for 150 days.
Reports in the media emerged earlier that Shastri wasn’t happy with the appointment of Zaheer Khan and wanted his trusted man back for the job who was Bharath Arun. Arun has worked with Shastri earlier when he was the team director. Meanwhile, reports in some dailies suggested that the CoA felt that the Advisory Committee went out of their range while picking the coach.
The committee comprising of three former stalwarts of the game was definitely hurt by these allegations and wrote a letter to Vinod Rai stating that they had earlier informed coach Ravi Shastri about Zaheer and Dravid’s appointment and he readily accepted it so that it benefits the team in the longer run.
“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 Cricket Advisory Committee wrote in its letter.