BCCI does U-turn on Dravid and Za­heer ap­point­ments

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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

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