Dravid, Zaheer role not confirmed as confusion ensues

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The CoA, which met on Saturday, finalised the appointment of Shastri but took no decision on Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid who were recommended as bowling and batting consultants on overseas tours by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

The constitution of the committee, which will comprise acting President C.K. Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji and board CEO Rahul Johri as the convener, virtually signals that the decision to appoint Dravid and Khan could be revisited. The new committee will meet CoA with recommendations on July 22, three days after the team leaves for the Sri Lanka tour on July 19.

Shastri is in London, and the meeting is likely to be held once he comes back to India.

There have been media reports that suggest that the only reason why Dravid was drafted into the support staff of national team was to compensate for the loss that he underwent after pulling out of the IPL.

While Shastri's appointment was partly-expected, the other two came as a surprise to the regular fan of Indian cricket.

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In their letter, they have reminded BCCI and CoA that they had been given complete freedom in selecting the coach of the Indian cricket team.

We spoke to Mr.Shastri about getting Mr.Khan and Mr.Dravid on board in these capacities and he readily agreed to the idea of having them in the set up so that it would benefit the team and Indian cricket as a whole in time to come. A day after the CAC expressed hurt at allegations that the trio had foisted Zaheer and Dravid upon the team, TOI understands CAC and COA have reached an understanding over offering Zaheer a contract. "And we have reacted to each one of those things". "The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach", Rai was quoted as saying after the meeting. It's only a recommendation.

The BCCI said earlier it had picked the coaching staff until the 2019 World Cup, following recommendations made by former Test stars Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

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.

India cricket team coach Ravi Shastri is scheduled for a meeting on July 18 with the four-member panel over the appointments of the coaching staff. Zaheer reportedly did not wish to commit more than 100 days, but with CAC insisting, it is reported that the done deal is for 150 days.

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