The ongoing fiasco surrounding the highly coveted job of the Indian coach is far from dying out, as another controversy hit the BCCI. The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has now put Ravi Shastri’s contract, of taking over as the side’s head coach on hold. This means that despite being named as the man in charge of the setup, Shastri isn’t officially the next Indian coach, as loopholes remain in the proper paperwork.
Things took a turn for the worse when Ravi Shastri said that the appointments of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting consultant and bowling coach respectively, were blindly imposed on him without taking into consideration his views. To these allegations, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) hit back with a stern letter, asking the CoA to make all things clear to the cricket loving public of the nation.
With such measures being taken, the CoA has now put Shastri’s contract on hold for the time being. “The BCCI’S legal team was working on the contracts. But the CoA asked us to first show them the drafts. Given the situation, it does look like Shastri’s wish to have Bharat Arun as a full-time bowling coach will be accepted,” a BCCI source said.
“And the way the contract is likely to shape, it will be difficult for Zaheer to accept the role of a consultant on a tour-to-tour basis.” “It will be an internal meeting and they said they will discuss the quantum of payment, the source added.
The official added that the CoA’s haste in announcing the coach was also to be blamed, as Zaheer and Dravid weren’t fully made aware of their respective roles in the new setup. “This was specifically the reason why the CAC wanted some time before announcing the coaches. They wanted to have everyone on board. But the COA got involved and rushed the announcement,” the source said.
“The board has been chasing him (Zaheer) for over a year now. He was reluctant to serve full-time then. He hasn’t said ‘no’ yet. So the decision as per the CAC stands. Once Zaheer sees the contract, he can decide for himself whether he wants to stay with the team full-time. As of now, he should be travelling to Sri Lanka with the team next week,” another member of the BCCI said.