Arun ap­pointed In­dia bowl­ing coach, Ban­gar is as­sis­tant coach

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Mumbai, In­dia - Fol­low­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion from In­dian team coach Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun has been named the side's bowl­ing coach.

The ap­point­ment came af­ter a meet­ing be­tween Shastri and a four-mem­ber BCCI com­mit­tee, where it was also de­cided that San­jay Ban­gar will be the team's as­sis­tant coach.

The ap­point­ments mean Shastri will work with the same set of coaches - in­clud­ing field­ing coach R Srid­har - who as­sisted him in his ear­lier ten­ure as team direc­tor. In­dia's sup­port staff have all been given two-year con­tracts, un­til the end of the 2019 World Cup.

Shastri also con­firmed that Rahul Dravid and Za­heer Khan will be on board as con­sul­tants. "I have spo­ken to both the in­di­vid­u­als as good as three or four days ago," Shastri told re­porters af­ter the meet­ing.

"They are fan­tas­tic crick­eters for In­dia, and their in­puts will be in­valu­able. They will be on board once they have spo­ken to the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned, so there are no is­sues on that."

The com­mit­tee com­pris­ing BCCI CEO Rahul Johri (con­vener), act­ing board pres­i­dent CK Khanna, act­ing sec­re­tary Amitabh Choud­hary, and Diana Edulji, mem­ber of the Supreme Court-ap­pointed Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors (CoA), was cre­ated to re­solve the am­bi­gu­ity over the roles of Dravid and Za­heer.

While the BCCI's press re­lease on July 11 stated that they were "ap­pointed" over­seas Test bat­ting con­sul­tant and bowl­ing con­sul­tant re­spec­tively, CoA chair­man Vinod Rai said those were only rec­om­men­da­tions from the Cricket Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (CAC) that needed ac­tion from the CoA "in con­sul­ta­tion with the head coach".

When asked if the con­fu­sion could have been avoided, Shastri said, "I was in Eng­land. I was watch­ing ten­nis. I was very clear in my mind what my core team will be. What you just heard is my core team."

Shastri thanked the CAC com­pris­ing Sachin Ten­dulkar, Sourav Gan­guly and V V S Lax­man for repos­ing faith in him. "I would like to thank the CAC be­cause it is a priv­i­lege and an hon­our to be the head coach of the In­dian cricket team and I would like to thank them for think­ing I am wor­thy enough to do the job," he said on Tues­day.

Bharat Arun

San­jay Ban­gar

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