BCCI forms 4-member committee to finalise assistant coaches

BCCI takes U-turn over appointments

BCCI takes U-turn over appointments

"Dravid will obviously not travel with the team to Sri Lanka as he has to be with the "A" side in South Africa and Zaheer Khan and Ravi Shastri will take charge during the upcoming tour".

In a meeting on Saturday, attended by CoA members Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, the CoA approved Shastri's appointment but kept the fate of Zaheer and Rahul hanging in balance.

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The controversy over the appointment of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as overseas batting and bowling consultants took a new turn on Saturday with the BCCI.

After the meeting, Rai said the appointments of Dravid and Zaheer were only "recommendations" although the BCCI release on July 11 suggests otherwise. "There is no such thing as a contract yet". "It is not an appointment".

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While Shastri's appointment was partly-expected, the other two came as a surprise to the regular fan of Indian cricket. A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on the recommendation. It's also pertinent to mention that Shastri wants Bharat Arun as the full-time bowling coach, while retaining the services of Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar as batting and fielding coaches respectively. "Any other ancillary we will decide after he comes back tomorrow (from England)". "The CAC has only made the recommendations on which the CoA has to act".

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Saturday formed a four-member panel, which includes acting Board President C K Khanna and CEO Rahul Johri, to decide on the remuneration of newly-appointed head coach Ravi Shastri and other members of the support staff.

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However, a Board official had wisely pointed the CAC had clearly exceeded its mandate by naming Dravid and Zaheer as part of the support staff when the three-member panel was only entrusted with the responsibility of naming the head coach after meeting the applicants. Rai said CoA will continue to be in touch with the CAC through the process but stressed they had to ascertain if Dravid and Zaheer were available and clear of conflict of interests. We have set up a committee and they will speak to the CAC, communicate with them after talking to Shastri. When they announced Dravid and Khan as batting and bowling consults, the BCCI said in a statement: "We sincerely feel that the new combination will steward the team to number one position in the World Cup".

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