BCCI does U-turn on Dravid and Zaheer appointments
New Delhi, India - The BCCI has done a U-turn on the appointments of Zaheer Khan as bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid as overseas Test batting consultant; the appointments were announced on July 11.
Now, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has said those were mere recommendations that needed action from the CoA "in consultation with the head coach". Ravi Shastri, India's new head coach, meanwhile, is set to get his own support staff as that has been decided "in consultation with the head coach already".
As for Dravid and Zaheer, yet another committee has been formed to decide if they are needed at all, and terms of engagement if they are.
The committee, comprising acting BCCI president CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CoA member Dian Edulji, will have a meeting with Shastri. The meeting will be convened by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.
This is yet another process after a month-long farcical drama finally ended with a definitive BCCI release on July 11.
It was followed by praise for the appointees and gratitude for the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VV S Laxman, who had been tasked with identifying the new coach.
On July 13, an unnamed source from the CoA - which was about to be reduced from three to two members - was quoted as saying that the CAC had exceeded its brief in appointing the two consultants.
On the same day, the CAC wrote an email to the CoA expressing its displeasure, and saying it had appointed Dravid and Zaheer after discussions with Shastri.
On Saturday, the CoA met some BCCI officials in Delhi, and then its head Vinod Rai confirmed the U-turn.
"There is no such thing as a contract yet," Rai said, when asked if the appointments of Zaheer and Dravid had been put on hold. "It is not an appointment. The 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."
When asked if Shastri had demanded his own support staff, Rai said, "The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach already. There is going to be a core support staff, which will be fielding, batting and bowling, which has been decided. Any other ancillary etc, he [Shastri] will be coming back tomorrow [from England] and we will decide."
It has been widely reported that Shastri wants B Arun back as the bowling coach. Arun, Shastri's team-mate from U19 and India days, was India's bowing coach during Shastri's previous stint as team director.
Rai went on to add that they needed to check if Dravid and Zaheer were in conflict of interest if given these roles. "The fact of the matter is the CAC have made a recommendation," Rai said. "Before we put that recommendation into fact, we have to find out conflict-ofinterest issues, their willingness issues, their availability issues. We have to do that."
Rahul Dravid (left) and Zaheer Khan